- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Cal Thomas commends President Obama for the surge of 30,000 additional troops and casually goes on a diatribe about opinion polls and parochial political banter on the Afghanistan decision (“Forward on Afghanistan,” Opinion, Dec. 3).

Nowhere in his column does he discuss why he considers Mr. Obama’s decision to be good. It is a constant source of amazement to me that no one can give a coherent reason to continue our Afghanistan intervention at the cost of our own economic and psychological well-being.

Sometimes we have to take the other route and deal with terrorists using 21st-century strategies instead of old imperialistic solutions to modern-day problems. Others before us have adapted to their particular circumstances. President Truman did it in 1951 when he fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

RICHARD C. GESCHKE

Bristol, Conn.

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