First US official resigns in protest at Afghan war

By: PressTv


The US-led war in Afghanistan has forced the first American official to resign his post, questioning the reason behind Washington’s military presence in the country.

The senior State Department official in Afghanistan’s Zabul province Matthew Hoh had stepped down in September, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

“I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan,” Hoh wrote in his resignation letter to the State Department’s personnel chief.

“I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end,” he added.

The former Marine Corps captain was offered a senior staff-level job at the US embassy in Kabul, which he also turned down.

US President Barack Obama is mulling to send tens of thousands of more troops to the war-ravaged country, saying on Monday that he would not rush a decision.

US and NATO commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal has asked at least 40,000 additional troops. Currently there are 100,000 international troops in the country.

Hoh, who had also served in uniform at the Pentagon and as a civilian in Iraq, said he decided to speak out to influence public opinion.

“I’m not some peacenik, pot-smoking hippie who wants everyone to be in love,” he said after his resignation became final on Wednesday.

“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.'”


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