Futures Lost, Love Vanished

Abby Zimet

Of Obama's pre-dawn visit to Dover Air Force Base, Robert Gibbs said he
was "overwhelmed" by "the genuine anguish" he saw in families' faces.
We wonder: what did he expect to see? Obama said it was "a sobering
reminder" of sacrifices he thinks about "each and every day." He damn
well better. With his decision on more troops looming, let's hope he
also hears the growing chorus of those who say Afghanistan cannot be
"won." And let him read the scathing resignation letter of Matthew Hoh.

On his loss of faith in "the strategic
purposes of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan": "The dead return only in
bodily form to be received by families who must be reassured their dead
have sacrificed for a purpose worthy of futures lost, love vanished, and promised dreams unkept. I have lost confidence such assurances can be made."

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