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Change tactic in Afghanistan

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I am happy to see that U.S. troops are starting to move out of Afghanistan, but the pace is too slow. Nine years after the 2001 invasion there are 250,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan. 100,000 U.S. troops, 50,000 NATO troops and 100,000 Pentagon paid contractors. It is a high water mark that should never be approached again. Last year Afghanistan experienced the largest number of civilian casualties since the war began. As long as U.S. policy is to destroy the Taliban opposition and insurgent forces, many Afghans will resist what they understand to be a foreign invasion. I believe we need a new vision that starts with a cease-fire, includes clear U.S. participation in a broad-based peace-process, and encourages disarming militia forces (after we leave). For us it means removing our military forces; for Afghans it means an innovative reconciliation process. Robert Sullivan, M.D., Sacramento