A Sudden Exit Driven By An ‘Irrational’ War

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A former Marine captain who became the first foreign service official to publicly resign in protest over the war in Afghanistan says staying in the country is not in America's interest.

"The losses of our soldiers do not merit anything that comes in line with our strategic interests or values," Matthew Hoh, who signed on as a foreign service official in Afghanistan after fighting in Iraq, tells NPR's Melissa Block.

Hoh resigned last month after spending five working months in Afghanistan. In his resignation letter, he said he had "lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purpose of the United States' presence in Afghanistan."

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchMilitary / Armed Forces* Economics, PoliticsDefense, National Security, MilitaryForeign RelationsTerrorismWar in Afghanistan* International News & CommentaryAmerica/U.S.A.

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