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U.S. should pull out, now

Dear Editor:

It is time for the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain as well as other Middle East countries. A recent study from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Essex finds that U.S. military support (stationing troops, giving military aid, exporting arms) for foreign governments encourages attacks on Americans.

The terrorists target the dictitorial regime’s foreign supporters (U.S.) even though they may not be their main opponents. These attaks gain media attention and gain support against a regime kept in power by U.S. military and weapons support.

The $2 billion per week, it is said, we are spending in Afganistan could be better spent on education, innovation, infracstructure and jobs in the U.S. The Pentagon wants $113 billion for Afghanistan, a country whose gross domestic product is $29 billion. What a waste to be killing civilians and children with our drone attacks.

The Pentagon’s 2010 Base Structure Report lists 662 U.S. overseas bases, not including the 411 bases in Afghanistan and the 88 remaining bases in Iraq, etc. Constructing and maintaining our bases cost us $41.6 billion in 2010.

About 70 military installations/bases and 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea at an estimated cost of $15 million to $20 billion per year.

We have killed, tortured, maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. in retribution for 9/11. It has not brought us peace and security. A just and honest world is what will bring peace and security. As a result of ongoing wars, military aid and bases, Americans are suffering and our debt is huge. So let us petition our representatives and President Obama to end the wars/bombings/occupations/military aid and sales to dictators in the Middle East and bring our troops home.

Cathleen Krahe


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