• Hirosaki, Aomori


Boot ends his column with the absurd claim that the U.S. acts “alone, or almost alone, not out of choice but out of necessity.” The war in Afghanistan was thrust upon the U.S., but we don’t fight it alone. The war in Iraq was an unrelated war of choice that has proven to be counterproductive. As an American, I am glad that NATO countries are helping us in Afghanistan, and I think the British government made the right decision to shift troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.

Boot should learn why the world was with the U.S. when it went into Afghanistan and why the world was not when the U.S. went into Iraq. Any amount of faux news spin can’t make the Iraq and Afghan wars into the same war.

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