A Resignation Letter of Disgust

A Captain Matthew P. Hoh of the U.S. Marine Corps resigned from his foreign service in Afghanistan last year after finally realizing that the “strategy” in Afghanistan wasn’t really a strategy at all.  He criticized:

  • A President whose confidants and chief advisers comprise drug lords and war crimes villains, who mock our own rule of law and counternarcotics efforts
  • A system of provincial and district leaders constituted of local power brokers, opportunists and strongmen allied to the United States solely for, and limited by, the value of our USAID and CERP contracts and whose own political and economic interests stand nothing to gain from any positive or genuine attempts at reconciliation

You can find the full resignation letter here.

Thanks to Edward Furst for citing this piece in an essay he wrote.

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