Today Matthew Yglesias pointed out a rather… insightful resignation letter from Matthew Hoh. It’s only 4 pages, and worth reading, but let’s cut to the chase here:
I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is not based upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end. To put simply: I fail to see the value or the worth in continued U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war.
Matthew Hoh is a former Marine Captain who served in Iraq before joining the Foreign Service. The rest of his letter makes his case. I know I’ve generally been supportive of our efforts in Afghanistan (if not always it’s execution), but Hoh has a point; perhaps it’s time to consider leaving. We have wandered considerably off-mission – if the goal was to put the clamps to bin Laden.