My letter to the President about the war in Afghanistan

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Had to keep it short to to a limitation on the number of characters:


I am a Staff Sergeant in the 1st Brigade, 2-22 Battalion, 10th Mountain Division of the US Army. I am an intelligence analyst by trade and was deployed to Afghanistan 2010-2011. It is my job to keep up with events and to make assessments based on facts and data. Sir, the last decade proves a fact better than the hundreds of pie charts and link diagrams you’ve likely been briefed on during your time in the White House: We are not accomplishing our desired goals in Afghanistan. We have not degraded the Taliban insurgency significantly enough to allow an ANSF takeover in 2014. There are several reasons for this. First, our generals have massively underestimated the difficulty in building a democracy in a society that holds few democratic ideals. Secondly, the counterinsurgency strategy employed in Afghanistan fails to meet the military’s own doctrinal standards of 1 security force member to 50 civilians. Actually, our numbers aren’t even close to the required personnel. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the cross-border safe haven in the Pakistani FATA presents an insurmountable stronghold for insurgent training, rest and recruitment. There are other factors, such as the probability that the Taliban holds the moral high ground over the government in Kabul, even by Western standards.
The insurgency has employed every gambit of Sun Tzu, while we have sought to fight a war Galahad would be proud of. Our troops patrol with vague or unknown directives, because current counterinsurgency doctrine says this will connect them with the people. Little consideration is given to the enemy, who is also trying in every manner to influence the people. They are doing a much better job at it then are we. Our Soldiers are targets for snipers and bomb makers who do not fear retribution because retribution rarely comes.
Now, because of insider threats, the meager relationship we’d forged with the ANSF is gone. We are trapped in our bases. The enemy is now free to move about and mass for attack. And why is the Taliban able to penetrate the ANSF with such frequency? Because the Taliban’s creed is almost indistinguishable from the average Pashtun male’s. Xenophobic, jealous, quick to anger, Pashtuns love a good fight. And unlike our Soldiers in Afghanistan, they can go back to their houses and families every night after they kill our service members.

Please consider an early withdrawal. We are the hunted, not the hunters.

SSG Douglas Moore


8 thoughts on “My letter to the President about the war in Afghanistan

    Bill said:
    October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    At the risk of being a kiss ass, you really need to write a book man.

    Katie A said:
    October 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, you will probably receive a form letter in reply. Keep up the good fight.

    magus71 responded:
    October 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I sent it to New York Rep. Pete King, too. Next, a newspaper. Public scrutiny moves mountains.

    magus71 responded:
    October 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    Bill said:
    October 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    How did I miss that? Well, missing it is something easily fixed – heading to amazon now

    Bill said:
    October 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Is Playing God your book too?

    magus71 responded:
    October 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm


    Royce said:
    October 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Wish you well but I have given up writing to the White House as well as anyone in Congress. All I ever get in response are form letters that don’t even address the topic. Our Congress has become a self-serving club headed by the occupant of the White House. Everything is party dependent and seemingly nothing outside of the beltway has any significance. I thought your letter was good but apparently the current President has only attended 60% or less of his briefings so I doubt either he or anyone in the Congress or White House cares.

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