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Afghanistan and U.S. Security

Education for All

Kudos to the Vice Presidential candidates for debating substance instead of tag lines.  The question was presented as to when U.S. troops should be committed to various international conflicts.  Congressman Ryan aptly stated that troops should only be committed when U.S. Security interests are directly implicated.  We agree.

However, when considering Afghanistan, for instance, one must consider the nature and extent of U.S. security interests to determine whether it makes sense to set an arbitrary deadline to remove U.S. troops.  Congressman Ryan made a great point that setting a hard date on the calendar for withdrawal can and will likely motivate our enemies to wait us out.  But doesn’t it also embolden our enemies to seek to intimidate the citizens of the country we have liberated?  The photo above seems to depict a little girl seeking an education.  A basic right in America, but not in other parts of the world.

Allowing all citizens access to education regardless of gender can only help to foster a stable government.  Perhaps not the preferred government of our enemies, but a more stable one, nonetheless.  Our men and women in uniform have made tremendous and heart-wrending sacrifices to liberate the people of Afghanistan.  We owe it to them and the people of Afghanistan to avoid the prospect of emboldening our enemies with an arbitrary withdrawal date.  We also owe the same people a commitment to leaving a solid legacy behind when withdrawal makes sense and security can tenably be handled by the Afghan government.

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