By Jeff Huber at-Largely
“I find specious the reasons we ask for bloodshed and sacrifice from our young men and women in Afghanistan.” Matthew Hoh
Foreign Service Officer Matthew Hoh’s resignation letter is a stunning refutation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s proposal to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Hoh, a former Marine officer who fought in Iraq, was a senior civilian official in Zabul Afghanistan.
"I feel that our strategies in Afghanistan are not pursing goals that are worthy of sacrificing our young men and women or spending the billions we’re doing there," Hoh wrote. "I believe that the people we are fighting there are fighting us because we are occupying them — not for any ideological reasons, not because of any links to al Qaeda, not because of any fundamental hatred toward the West. The only reason they’re fighting us is because we are occupying them."
That summarizes the delusion of American neoconservative foreign policy since World War II: that we can make the rest of the world follow us by kicking everyone’s teeth in.
One can safely argue that America saved the world three times in the 20th century, by winning the two World Wars and the Cold War. What we’re doing now amounts to nothing more than keeping our military industrial complex afloat.
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Commander Jeff Huber, U.S. Navy (Retired) writes at Pen and Sword. Jeff’s novel Bathtub Admirals (Kunati Books), a lampoon on America’s rise to global dominance, is on sale now.