To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Withdraw from Afghanistan NOW!

It is time for American soldiers to leave Afghanistan NOW!

That is what we owe the Afghan people after failing to detect the deterioration and slide into madness that led to the murders of 16 Afghan civilians in their homes [9 of them children] by an emotionally-unhinged U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Doing anything less is dishonorable.

American forces should be sent into combat only to achieve valid security and defense objectives. Members of the military willingly serve - and sacrifice - at great cost to themselves, their families and our country.

Waging - and winning - the war in Afghanistan is not likely to make America safe from terrorist attack. Al-Qaida finds refuge in more than one nation. (The 9/11 attackers were Saudi born; they entered America with German visas.)

America would be safer if just some of the billions of dollars currently being spent in Afghanistan were re-allocated to other security initiatives.

Stamping out the Taliban from Afghanistan is not a realistic goal. The Taliban are entrenched in Afghanistan. They have significant allies in the Afghan warlords, and among elements of the Pakistani military and secret service.

American military support for the corrupt administration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai is likely to create long-term resentment on the part the Afghan people towards the United States.

Nothing prevents covert operations targeting al-Qaida and Osama Bin Laden after the withdrawal of American ground forces.

Leaving Afghanistan now does not preclude diplomatic efforts, and economic and military assistance, in Afghanistan.

Why is this important?

The number of direct and indirect civilian casualties in Afghanistan resulting from U. S.-led military actions is estimated to be anywhere from 9,415 to 29,007. The latest is the murder of 16 civilians, among them 9 children, by a U. S. Army Staff Sgt. in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 11, a soldier who had already served 3 tours of duty in Iraq. Our massive deployment of over 109,000 soldiers in Afghanistan is a strategically flawed and misdirected effort which has bankrupted our country and killed and maimed our young soldiers under ill-defined "national security" sloganeering.