- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The very headline of Arnaud de Borchgrave’s recent Op-Ed column “Warlords R Us” (Opinion, Friday) shows the utter futility of whatever our mission statement in Afghanistan is. Mr. de Borchgrave is entirely correct in stating that this war “is not about geography.”

The very act of fighting local parochial wars to defeat terrorism is both archaic and a sure way of wasting resources. In the end, it may lead to a defeat in an out-of-the-way Third World country. The days of fighting these types of conflicts represent the mind-set of old imperialistic attitudes that were developed in the 19th century and played out in the two world wars of the 20th century.

As the world’s only superpower, we must be able to solve problems and protect our country using the mind-set of the 21st century. It is time to go down the right road when confronted with a crossroads of strategic thought.

RICHARD C. GESCHKE

Bristol, Conn.

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