Many members of the American government and armed forces harbor deep concerns regarding the outcome of fighting in Afghanistan. Matthew Hoh, a former Marine who fought in Iraq and then went on to work in the State Department expressed his views in the only manner that a professional could do– he resigned his post in order to demonstrate his “concerns” required action, not just words. “I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States presence in Afghanistan. I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”
Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s representative in Afghanistan said he disagreed that the war “wasn’t worth the fight,” but agreed with many of Hoh’s concerns. There is only one way to fight the Afghanistan war if past history in China during the 1940s, in Vietnam during the 1960s, has any relevance. There must be a government in place which works for the people and not merely for their own personal power or financial interests. At present, no such government is in place in Afghanistan.