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The daily STEW

The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): President Barack Obama has threatened to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan if that country’s president, Hamid Karzai, refuses to sign a security pact ensuring the safety of about 10,000 troops who would remain there after 2014. Is that a good strategy or should American troops remain regardless of what Karzai does?

The answer is neither. Whether Karzai wants to sign the security deal or not we should withdraw all of our troops from Afghanistan — several years ago. Travis Parmer

I’d like to see a continued U.S. presence in the region, but at the end of 2014, the U.S. mission is not to protect, but merely to offer training and support. If Karzai isn’t willing to defend our troops placed there to support his country, we don’t need to be there. Richard A. Stutheit

We don’t need to be at war, we should not have started two wars — we’ve got enough dead American troops already. Laurie Sargent Parry

We’ll never leave Afghanistan. We’ve got to oversee 90 percent of the world’s opium production. Jarrod Peterson

We need his cooperation. If he doesn’t sign, bring them home! Darrell Bartell

It is the right call. Not sure I would term it a strategy, but leaving troops in a foreign country without its permission is either an invasion or an occupation, and neither is what the U.S. is about. Time to bring this conflict to a close and let the Afghan people determine their own fate. Mark Greene

The problem is, what good is a security pact signed by Karzai? It’s like getting a protective order against an abusive spouse. That piece of paper is worthless. Pam Brooks

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