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  1. You are correct. I was sickened not to hear hardly anything about our boys at war. Frankly, its almost enough to make me abandon the Republicans, except that now there seems no where to go (Ron Paul? Not there yet….) R&R need to address this – this week.

    As for Afghanistan. Bring our boys home. I was very supportive of the push into Iraq. I’ve read the various reports on chemical weapons – I think that they were there, and I won’t be surprised if a bunch of nastiness shows up in Syria now that it is heading down the drain. I would have also supported staying in Iraq to keep stability – not keeping them there has decreased stability and has invited al qeada. http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/16/world/meast/iraq-bloodshed/index.html

    But afghanistan? Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires. I remember hearing the stories about the brutalized Russians (partly with our help, since we supplied the weapons) and almost feeling sorry for them. Now we have the Pakis supporting the Taliban, who are barely civilized. Anyone remember that lovely young girl with the green eyes on the cover of National Geographic? http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2002/04/afghan-girl/index-text/1 http://womenfound.wordpress.com/category/the-afghan-girl/
    She has lived an alright life, but has no rights, no ability to be anything other than what she is told. She is one of the lucky ones.

    We have spent ten years trying to give these folks a chance, and now they gun down our soldier in cold blood. Time to bring the boys home from Afghanistan. Use the drones if we have to. Make sure we have an intelligence network left behind. And make sure we don’t see any more Americans die in that hell hole trying to drag it kicking and screaming into the 19th century.

  2. Agreed–national security and foreign policy matter. Thought the same thing watching the primary debates last year. http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/13/presidential-debates-should-focus-more-on-foreign-policy/

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