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A top U.S. official in Afghanistan has resigned in protest of the war, 
the Washington Post reports. "I have lost understanding of and 
confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in 
Afghanistan," Matthew Hoh, the senior U.S. official in Zabul province, 
said in his letter of resignation. Many Afghans, he wrote, are fighting 
the U.S. largely because its troops are there. The U.S. is asking its 
troops to die in Afghanistan for what is essentially a far-off civil 
war, Hoh said. He added that he decided to speak out because "I want 
people in Iowa, people in Arkansas, people in Arizona, to call their 
congressman and say, 'Listen, I don't think this is right.'"

ROBERT NAIMAN, http://www.justforeignpolicy.org
     Naiman is policy director of Just Foreign Policy and co-creator of 
the website http://NoEscalation.org, which enables Americans to track 
where their representatives in Congress stand on military escalation in 
Afghanistan.

     He said today: "Hoh's letter of resignation challenges key premises 
of the war, suggesting that if the United States withdrew its military 
forces from Afghanistan, much of the conflict might subside. Hoh also 
points out that the U.S. is essentially intervening in an ongoing Afghan 
civil war, something that most Americans don't know and would likely 
oppose."

Background:

Washington Post article "U.S. official resigns over Afghan war: Foreign 
Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows why 
his nation is fighting"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/26/AR2009102603394.html

Text of Hoh's four-page letter of resignation [PDF]:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/hp/ssi/wpc/ResignationLetter.pdf

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