Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: To maintain some U.S. military presence in Afghanistan once the war ends in 2014.
Following a meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, President Obama recently announced that the United States will speed up withdrawal from Afghanistan. This announcement raises questions about the U.S.’s post-2014 presence in the country, and comes despite ongoing reports of the Afghan Army’s inadequacies. A continued military presence, no matter how small, is essential in Afghanistan’s continued development and is a vital matter of U.S. national security.
Insider attacks have been prevalent throughout NATO’s training of the Afghan Army. In the first eleven months of 2012 there were 46 attacks by Afghan citizens or military personnel that killed 63 and wounded 85 coalition troops, mostly American. In addition, other corruption and inadequacy within the Afghan Army has made progress in this training difficult. There have been many reports of stolen equipment (including fuel, vehicles, and weapons), and in 2009 it was reported that 9 out of 10 members of the Afghan forces could not read.
Afghanistan has made much progress, and it will continue to make strides with support. But if left to its own devices the country could easily fall back into Taliban rule, which would prove disastrous for America from a national security perspective. A U.S. commitment to some presence post-2014 will send a positive sign to the Afghan people and boost morale. A friendly Afghanistan is a vital piece of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. It should be noted that the attack that killed Osama bin Laden was launched from Eastern Afghanistan, and with Iran to the West and Pakistan to the South, a vigilant eye must stay on this volatile nation.
We cannot forget that a majority of the people involved in the 9/11 attacks have origins in Afghanistan, and we must be sure to not lose all of our hard-fought progress in this troubled nation. CIA intelligence and drone strikes cannot alone keep the Taliban at bay here. Please join me in urging President Obama to maintain some military presence in Afghanistan after the war ends in 2014.
Dear President Obama,
Your recent announcement that the U.S. will be withdrawing troops at an accelerated rate from Afghanistan has raised questions about the American involvement in the country after the war ends in 2014. Continuing reports of inadequacy and corruption within the Afghan Army make a continued U.S. military presence essential. Some continued force in Afghanistan, no matter the size, is an essential matter of U.S. national security.
With Iran to the West and Pakistan to the South, a friendly, functioning Afghanistan is vital to U.S. national interests. Rampant illiteracy, corruption, and insider attacks weaken the Afghan Army, and a continued military presence will signal to the Taliban that Afghanistan is not theirs to reclaim in 2014.
CIA intelligence and drone strikes are not enough to keep Afghanistan stable moving forward. Please make the right decision and keep some troops in the country once the war ends.
[Your Name Here]
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