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    Posted March 20, 2012 by
    Houston, Texas
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    Time to leave Afghanistan?

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     verichards8 shared these thoughts on the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians by Army Sgt. Robert Bales. 'I believe that Sgt. Bales’ alleged killings of women and children for whatever reason (mental issues or brutal attack) has irreparably damaged U.S.-Afghan relations not because they hate us, but because they trust us less than before the incident,' she said.
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Uploaded on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:35:51 +0000


    The recent event including the killing of women and children dictates that our Commander in Chief reevaluated and changes his time table for leaving Afghanistan.

    I believe that it is time to leave Afghanistan. My belief is based in part on a December 2009 telephone interview with my only son Keith who served as a Military Police Officer in the US Marine Corp from 1991-95. During the interview for a CNN I-Report titled“Thankful That Only Son Isn't Part of AfghanistanWar Nightmare” he stated “Soldiers aren’t trained to occupy or to police a country. They are trained to enter an area and kill the enemy and move to the next area and do the same thing.” He stated "that the mission in Afghanistan appeared to be police operation as opposed to a military operation."


    Sergeant Bale’s case is a horrible example of my son’s 2009 assessment and the toll that multiply deployments are having on our military. More importantly it is a reason to leave Afghanistan in a responsible manner by the end of President Obama’s first term in office.


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