- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his Op-Ed “The view from the ground” (Opinion, Wednesday), Michael Shank wasted a lot of ink telling us that he would like to see our tanks turned into plow shares and our soldiers into street sweepers and trash collectors. He apparently believes the Afghan people are incapable of picking up the trash in the streets, let alone of forming an effective government.

Here is a message for Mr. Shank. My nephew risked his life, as have many other brave men and women, to create an environment free from daily bombings and attacks from the Taliban and al Qaeda so that the Afghan people could form their own government and build their own infrastructure and eventually provide their own security.

If it is true, as Mr. Shanks seems to believe, that they are incapable of doing that, then it truly is time for us to bring our military home.

ROBERT A. POGGI

Alexandria

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