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Letter: Bring them all home

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:12 pm

Why are we spending $1 million for every soldier in Afghanistan when 99.999 percent of the people hate our guts?

We have already spent $500 billion there since 2001. America has lost 2,000 military heroes to defend a country that doesn’t want to change. And 12,000 wounded heroes have been maimed for what? Has the life of one killed or wounded American military changed anything in more than 10 years. Opium is the No. 1 cash crop. Afghan leadership is even more corrupt now.

Bring our military men and women back from Afghanistan (120,000), from Iraq (6000), from Germany (56,000), Italy and England (10,000), from South Korea (24,000), Japan (33,000) and lastly, Africa (2,000). All of these overseas American military men and women are nothing but “targets.”

If North Korea decides to have a war with South Korea, all they have to do is shoot a couple of nuclear missiles and all our military will be killed within the first 15 minutes. Same thing for Japan-based and European-based troops. If China doesn’t hit them with nuclear missiles, then Russia will.

The money saved can lower the $15 trillion debt, rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and electrical grid system and pay for the medical and psychiatric help that our wounded warriors are not receiving today. Turn America back into a fortress instead of the world’s ATM. We need to stop trying to be the world’s policeman and peacemaker because there is no more money in the kitty. Time to take care of ourselves.

Leon Ceniceros


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