- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I read all of the papers, watch television and listen to the radio, but I am having trouble understanding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe some knowledgeable member of Congress will help me out.

I have always understood that the United States is the most powerful nation in the world. The Pentagon has over 25,000 educated and intelligent workers (excluding hundreds of thousands of highly paid consultants). We have West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy turning out highly trained men and women every year. The oceans are full of our aircraft carriers, battleships and submarines. We have more than 700 military bases located all over the globe and thousands of military aircraft, drones and cruise missiles, all capable of striking within a moment’s notice, positioned internationally. We also have a tremendous number of factories that are manufacturing daily to provide our troops with all of the best war equipment.

What scares the heck out of me is the fact that many of the countries are larger, more populous and better armed than either Afghanistan or Iraq. Thus, should America decide to attack and invade any of these, victory could be even more elusive than ever before.

WENDEL ALLEN

Alexandria, Va.

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