Regarding your recent report that more than 250 members of the Maryland National Guard are being deployed to Afghanistan ("More Md. Guard units headed to Afghanistan," Aug. 15):

Over the past 10 years hundreds of American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, including 34 this year alone. Yet neither presidential candidate says a word about this lunacy.

The presidential dialogue does include charges that Mitt Romney is "deranged" and President Barack Obama is a "liar." That's hardly the talk of serious statesmen.

Will either candidate have the decency and courage to tell the American people what German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck said of a similarly insane expedition in the l870s: "Not a single hair on the head of a single ... soldier should be wasted on that cesspool of corruption, sexism and superstition."

H. L. Goldstein, Towson