Letters to the Editor for the weekly print issue of February 4, 2013: US actions in Afghanistan have not matched our words; we must push for better governance and offer more development aid. And on gun control: Should the US also outlaw box cutters since they were instrumental in the murder of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11?
Bellingham, Wash. and Lumberton, N.J.
America's actions in Afghanistan have not matched our words. We said we wanted to stop Afghanistan from being a terrorist haven, but we allowed a Taliban supply line and training ground in Pakistan. We said we wanted to promote good governance, then supported Hamid Karzai as corruption, fraudulent elections, and cronyism ran rampant.
We said we wanted to help rebuild Afghanistan, but, as the International Crisis Group reported in August 2011: "The amount of international aid disbursed [to Afghanistan] since 2001 ... is a fraction of what has been spent on the war effort."