Saturday, June 26, 2010

Obama's war

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Peninsula readers' letters: June 26

From Daily News Group readers

Posted: 06/26/2010 12:27:29 AM PDT
Updated: 06/26/2010 12:27:3
Obama escalated Bush's war

Dear Editor: President Obama basically continued with Bush's policies. Let's be blunt about this. In Afghanistan, he went beyond Bush. He escalated the war. He went along with this surge policy. And he ordered more drone attacks on civilians in Pakistan in his one year in office than Bush had done during his last term. So, for the people of that region, Obama's presidency has been a total disaster. And it's not working.

They have a puppet leader, Hamid Karzai, who's developing his own sort of dynamic, because he's grown very wealthy through corruption and thinks that he has genuine support. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter, and what some governments consider potential terrorists are simply those who don't agree with government policies.

And the ones who are saying this is an unwinnable war are absolutely right. It's a stalemated war. They can't win it unless they destroy half the population of the country. So that is what people see. And then, why are they surprised that people are so hostile to the United States in that part of the world?

Ted Rudow III,MA

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