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Moral concerns about U.S. soldiers in harm’s way

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during an address to the nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. Credit: AP / Carolyn Kaster

Regarding President Donald Trump’s plan for Afghanistan, one can certainly appreciate the difficulty of the decision-making process [“A way forward in Afghanistan,” Editorial, Aug. 23]. There are apparently no good options.

If we leave the region entirely, the Taliban, which is already resurgent, and other terrorist groups will most certainly fill the void, and that to many is unacceptable. However, another surge by U.S. troops in the region may be even more problematic.

A surge may lead to some success in the short term, but it’s unlikely to hold if and when our troops leave. Our increased presence will most certainly bring resentment from everyday Afghans, who will perceive us as foreign occupiers with an imperialist agenda.

Undoubtedly, a troop surge will cost our country billions and, most important, result in many more Americans killed and wounded.

Members of our military services bravely assume this risk when they take their oaths to defend and protect our nation. Yet, as a mother of an active duty military service member and a teacher and student of history, it seems morally wrong for us to ask such a small percentage of Americans to make the ultimate sacrifice in a war that many consider unwinnable.

Carolyn Faggioni, Bellmore