Terrain in Lahgman Province, Afghanistan.
Terrain in Lahgman Province, Afghanistan. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)

In your editorial, "Afghanistan: Surging again" (Aug. 23), you observe that: "It's surely been proven by now that U.S. military might can't achieve victory alone." The next logical question is: Then why do they stay on the same path?

I would suggest a simple, obvious answer: because the wars in Afghanistan (and Iraq and Syria and Libya included) are very profitable. The United States no longer fights in wars to win them in any conventional sense. It fights them to perpetuate them precisely for that reason.

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John Sinnigen, Baltimore

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