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I was reading the Sept. 23 article "Obama set to re-evaluate war effort in Afghanistan" and, as I read it, I was kind of taken aback by not only our president, but Congress’ attitude. I find it amazing that they’re questioning the generals on the ground, and the requests those generals are making.

The generals are the ones in the heat of battle, and they’re being questioned on their decisions requesting more troops.

Straightening up the economy, solving global warming — sorry, "climate change" — and helping the educational system are all secondary to the president’s job. His job title is commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces. He needs to start acting like it.

Listening to his commanders concerning the war in Afghanistan is the most important part of his job, not health care, the economy or education. It’s amazing that people who don’t have children seem to know how to raise everybody else’s. People who’ve been divorced seem to have advice on how to make it work, and every broke person has an idea as to how to make a million dollars. It’s just fascinating how the members of Congress and our president, who are not in Afghanistan, seem to know how McChrystal should run his operation. Fascinating … truly fascinating.

John PriceBaghdad


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