March 20, 2012
It is being speculated that the American soldier who shot so many children and Afghan civilians recently probably suffered from battle fatigue and post traumatic stress disorder ("The killings in Kandahar," March 13). The Taliban has responded to these killings, as expected, in an opportunistic fashion, getting political mileage out of the tragic episode for itself and stirring up hatred against the Americans and nationalistic fervor across Afghanistan. Interestingly, the Taliban hit the right chord when it commented that an American trial declaring the perpetrator of the killings as a mad man, who acted under the duress of a mental breakdown, would only show the world that the U.S. is sending lunatics to Afghanistan.
June 26, 2011
During the campaign summer of 2008, candidate Obama said of Afghanistan, "This is a war that we have to win. " Yet now, although progress is being made the job is still very much unfinished, we find Obama as president extracting our resources from Afghanistan. Gen. David Petraeus, placed in charge of the Afghan mission by President Obama, opposes this troop reduction, as does outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is described as having "reluctantly accepted it. " The timetable Mr. Obama established a year and a half ago for a summer 2011 pullout, with no recommendation from any of our military leaders, never should have been set. In a football game would you tell the opponent in the second quarter that you plan to send in your third string to play the fourth quarter?
June 27, 2011
Nearly a decade after the American invasion of Afghanistan, there are still 250,000 foreign forces there — 100,000 U.S. troops, 50,000 NATO troops and 100,000 Pentagon-paid mercenaries. Unfortunately, in the president's speech Wednesday, he only talked about the U.S. military forces, and his plan is to continue the war until 2014. Regardless of this massive, long-term presence, the U.S. military will not reform Afghanistan. But it will spend billions of taxpayer dollars — and to what effect?
March 8, 2010
The Department of Defense says a Maryland soldier has died in Afghanistan. Spc. Anthony A. Paci, 30, of Rockville died Thursday from injuries suffered during a vehicle rollover. Paci was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Paci enlisted in October 2004. He deployed to Iraq from December 2005 to November 2006. Afghanistan was his second deployment. — Associated Press
May 20, 2013
Seventh-graders at Harford Friends School have a new opportunity to let their voices be heard as far away as Afghanistan. The only school in Maryland selected to participate in an interactive program entitled "Afghanistan Hearts and Minds," Harford Friends incorporated the program into the seventh-grade social studies curriculum, taught by teacher Lauren Redding. The "Afghanistan Hearts and Minds" adventure is a unique experience for students. Developed by Dina Fesler of the Children's Culture Connection, it takes participants inside Dina's life as a reporter who works to make a difference in an IDP (internally displaced persons)
August 19, 2012
Regarding your recent report that more than 250 members of the Maryland National Guard are being deployed to Afghanistan ("More Md. Guard units headed to Afghanistan," Aug. 15): Over the past 10 years hundreds of American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, including 34 this year alone. Yet neither presidential candidate says a word about this lunacy. The presidential dialogue does include charges that Mitt Romney is "deranged" and President Barack Obama is a "liar. " That's hardly the talk of serious statesmen.