Here’s how five people answered this week’s question posed by Capital Times freelancer Kevin Murphy. What do you think? Please join the discussion.
Do you agree with President Obama’s timetable for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan?
“I wish we could get out of there faster especially since they don’t seem to appreciate what we’re doing there. When we were battling a major al-Qaida presence I thought we really had a purpose being there. If al-Qaida is not really functioning there but they’re functioning elsewhere, maybe we should be somewhere else.”
“I would prefer we get totally out of Afghanistan and Obama promised we’d be out by 2014 and that’s when I think we should be out of there. I hope he commits to that promise. You can’t just bring everybody out at the same time. Start bringing them out now. He promised 2014, that’s when they should bring out the last one. Let’s see if they keep that promise.”
“I think the schedule seems just about right. Immediately seems a little bit too sudden for their sake and more than a few years seems too long for our sake. The war has already been going on too long and it’s time to begin bringing the troops home. This type of phaseout seems like a good middle ground between immediately and taking too long to reach the end.”
“I think he’s right on. He’s taking out the surge troops, not all the forces, but the extra ones he put in there and then the others. This slower progression is a set timeline that makes sense. I think to completely pull out is not a wise move. To completely abandon that country seems too drastic. I think we need some presence in the area for our best interests but we don’t need the overkill power we have there right now.”
“I think it’s a step in the right direction. I think it’s been a mistake from the beginning to be mired in nation building in the Mideast. But now that we have gone in and disrupted things to such a significant degree, we have a responsibility to withdraw responsibly. I think that applies to Iraq too.”