I didn’t watch the president’s speech on Afghanistan, but what I’ve read comes as no surprise. Did anyone think the president would have a detailed plan to end our war there? Does anyone believe him when he said he went against his “instincts,” that his decision was based on anything other than what favors the military-industrial complex? His instincts always favor the rich and powerful. A Republican named Dwight Eisenhower warned about war becoming big business but we have yet to figure that out, though.

The president doesn’t have anyone in his administration who knows diplomacy. The State Department is run by amateurs and the rest of his foreign policy team is comprised of generals and admirals. The result is an “Afghanistan plan” that is vague, directionless and relies on the military and its suppliers. The only benefits of continuing war accrue to defense contractors who manufacture the instruments of war, supply the military, and pour millions into the election campaigns of those in congress: the military-industrial-political complex.

War may not be healthy for children and other living beings but it’s great for business.

Bob Harris

Albany (Aug. 22)

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