Dear Mr. President,
Odds are, you don’t spend much time skimming through blogs, but just in case you do, I thought I’d give you one bit of unsolicited advice: please rethink your approach to Afghanistan.
As Andrew Bacevich points out in this month’s Atlantic: “Operation Iraqi Freedom now ranks second only to WWII as the most expensive conflict in US History… and transforming Afghanistan is likely to cost more.” Bacevich recommends we take advantage of Afghanistan’s tradition of decentralized government and work with tribal leaders as they try to keep jihadists out of their country. (I’d add that we have moral obligation to push the notion of full and equal rights for women, too.)
Letting Afghanistan manage its own affairs would free up the financial resources you need to create universal health care, to incentivize green technologies, and to improve education.
Thanks for your time.