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What Do You Think?

September 03, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Monday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should the United States increase the number of troops it has in Afghanistan?

o "If we send our troops to war, it must be won. At this point, we need more troops or the war will be lost. Obama initially sent more troops (credit granted), however, I hope liberal politics and anti-war protesters won't inhibit his decision to send more troops. Obama appears weak at the knees on any issue that upsets his radical left-wing base, so we'll see."

o "These illegal wars cannot be won. The definition of 'winning' in either of these wars is the absolute bending of the will by the victims to the U.S. and its apparent need for global hegemony. Republicans tried to delude the population into believing the Iraq war was won for political purposes during the election, but they in fact have no clear definition for 'winning' either of these wars."

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o "I think the war in Afghanistan is much more difficult to win than in Iraq. Personally, I think we should pull our forces out, I do not think this war is worth the cost at all."

o "Nothing will be accomplished in Afghanistan. Pack up the gear and bring everyone home. Ditto for Iraq. For that matter, ditto for Korea. If and when Afghanistan (or Iraq or Korea) ever become a problem, that's what B-52s and cruise missiles are for. Don't fool around. Let fly with a few tactical nukes and let 'em get a clear picture of what they're messing with. Why should any member of the U.S. military die when we have weapons sufficiently specialized to do the job from a distance?"

o "The United States has the best, most efficient military machine the world has ever seen. Our soldiers will always give their all to defend our country. That is a given. The question to me is whether or not our democracy needs to put them in harm's way in places like Iraq and Afghanistan."

o "We should do whatever it takes to conclude our mission in Afghanistan. If that means sending in more troops then so be it."

o "Change the mission, but do not send more troops. Nation building was OK after World War II for Germany and Japan, but it doesn't seem to work out too well in many other places, especially poorly developed countries. It is too bad that our country did not bomb terrorist bases in Afghanistan on Sept. 12, 2001, send in paratroopers and Marines on Sept. 13, 2001, and leave Afghanistan before Sept. 11, 2002. But we didn't, so now let's redefine the mission and accomplish it in an admirable manner."

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