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Letters to the Editor – Weekly Issue of July 25, 2011

Readers write in to join the dialogue on whether the US military still has a clear purpose.

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Defining US military purpose

The headline over Bruce Fleming's June 20 commentary, "Does the US military have a clear purpose?" led me to expect more analytical depth than he delivered. Still, I welcomed what he had to say as another in a small but growing chorus of informed voices asking the right questions in the wake of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For most of my life, certainly my adult life, the United States has been in a constant state of war. Once engaged, it seems that the reasons not to disengage overwhelm any president's will or ability to do so, our current commander in chief being a prime example.

My fervent prayer is that voices like Mr. Fleming's, as well as the costs and results of our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, will lead to a wiser course in the future, with full and honest cost calculations up front and use of a massive military footprint only when appropriate.



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