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By Remy Benoit

At the moment, "17,000 More" are being committed to the war in Afghanistan. Looking at numbers is often meaningless, so let me put it this way.

In 1964, as a member of the first year Boomer class at Northeast High School in Philadelphia our graduating class was about 1,100. In those terms, "17,000 More" is roughly 15x all the young men and women with whom I was graduated.

"Troops" are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, younger/older sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles. May I suggest you watch John Cusack's Grace is Gone. What do you say to a child when mommy is not coming home?

Before we commit them, and who knows how many more, at who knows what cost in KIA, WIA, MIA, PTSD, TBI, and yes, dollars, without really re-thinking what being there means, how we are defining "winning," may I suggest that you consider the words of these fellow citizens at Get Afghanistan Right.

May I suggest we study the experience of the first First Anglo-Afghan War. Please note the dates of this. Second British Afghan War. from On War. 1919 - THE THIRD AFGHAN WAR: AN INTRODUCTION by Paul Hinson.

Is a picture emerging yet?

Or the Soviet Experience The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979-1989.

From Veterans Today Jonathan S. Landay: Is the U.S. repeating Soviet mistakes in Afghanistan?.

Are we confusing Afghanistan, Pakistan, Taliban, Al Qaeda? Do we need to sort thinking out before we commit more people, and yes, troops are people with dreams, commitment, and families?

Please, think about what is being said in all these places and then write to the President and ask him to re-think Afghanistan. Contact the White House.

We are sending family to fight¬ówe must know exactly what the plan, including the victory and exit plans are before we send more. AND, if we send more, are we prepared to give them the care they need when they come home? So far, we haven't said yes to that question.


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