First U.S. diplomat resigns over Afghanistan

(excerpt from) The Los Angeles Times
First U.S. diplomat resigns over Afghanistan, sending ripples through Obama White House

October 27, 2009 | 10:15 am

He is a former Marine captain with combat experience in Iraq, a former uniformed officer at the Pentagon, a civilian in Iraq who joined the Foreign Service to make a difference.

Now, Matthew Hoh has resigned, the first official protest resignation over the Afghanistan War. In a letter to the State Department’s personnel office last month, the 36-year-old diplomat wrote:

“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan…To put simply: I fail to see the value or the worth in continued U.S. casualties or expenditures of resources in support of the Afghan government in what is, truly, a 35-year old civil war.”…

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