Letters to the Editor

Worthless promises

President Obama promised that U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Now we’re told that U.S and Afghan negotiators agreed on a deal to allow U.S troops to remain beyond a 2014 deadline.

How many more combat tours will we force on our volunteer military before we reinstate the draft? Many of them have already deployed five or more times to the Middle East.

My son has been to Iraq three times, Afghanistan twice, and has orders for Afghanistan in February. He has served 15 years in the Army. At his current rate of deployments, he could serve eight combat tours by the time he has his 20 years.

I can’t recall any period when we demanded that our troops put their lives on the line so many times. Our military and their families have sacrificed more than enough these past 12 years. They deserve some rest and peace.

Obama promised to have our troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and has again proved that his promises are worthless.

— Mark Stewart, Crowley