Matthew Hoh has resigned from the State Department in protest over the Afghan War. Hoh says that the war is simply fueling the insurgency and that he has "lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the in Afghanistan," In his resignation letter, published early Tuesday, he stated: "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end." Richard Holbrooke, the administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Post he disagreed that the war "wasn't worth the fight," but did agree with much of Hoh's analysis.
Ultimately, our perplexity must extend to the entirety of U.S. military involvement overseas. Without an analytical rubric, U.S. actions make no sense. And a coherent analytical rubric can only come from the Left--from an understanding of wars as attempts by elite actors to monopolize resources to gain greater profit and relative advantage. Any other rubric--for example, the smug notion that all these wars somehow involve a concern for human rights, democracy, or women--isn't analytical in the true sense of the word since analysis, by definition, involves looking beyond the outer veneer of historical events (propaganda and slogans) to understand the true motives and mechanisms driving change.