Sarbanes should vote to get us out of Afghanistan

April 27, 2011

As a member of the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, a group that has been lobbying Rep. John Sarbanes to vote against any more funding for the war in Afghanistan, I read with interest his commentary following a recent fact-finding trip there ("In Afghanistan, challenge and doubt," April 25).

It seems the congressman did not sugarcoat what he observed. He saw the poverty and was quite aware of the rampant corruption in the Karzai administration. He noted that Pakistan, our nominal ally, was also working with the Taliban. He was brave enough to admit that after 10 years of war, the U.S. has done little to bring any semblance of democracy to Afghanistan. And it is apparent that this year's spring offensive will bring about another spike in U.S. casualties.

But he failed to state what he plans to do when there is a vote for additional funding of the U.S. war machine there. It is time for the him to say no more funding for the war and the drone attacks in Afghanistan.

Don't simply abandon the country, however. We can still fund social services through nongovernmental organizations.

Any unbiased observer knows that war is not the answer in Afghanistan. It has been tried for 10 years, and what are the positive results? If there are any at all, they are outweighed by the many negatives that call for a diplomatic solution.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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