Candidates dispute Afghanistan WarThe Republican candidates for the seat now held by Congressman Dave Obey say the war in Afghanistan may not be one the U.S. can win.
By: By Mike Simonson/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Republican candidates for the seat now held by Congressman Dave Obey say the war in Afghanistan may not be one the U.S. can win.
Both disagree with current U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. At a debate last night aired live on two northern Wisconsin Public Radio stations, Portage County farmer Dan Mielke says the U.S. should either have a super-surge and win the war or get out.
Former Ashland District Attorney Sean Duffy says Afghanistan is too unstable and nation-building may not work there.
“I haven’t been sold on the fact that can happen in Afghanistan,” Duffy said. “If we try to do that we may be there dozens of years and for me that is unacceptable. I’m one who thinks let’s set that example. It’s making sure there aren’t terrorists there that can kill Americans. Once that’s accomplished, let’s bring our men and women home.”
Dan Mielke says we need to fight a World War II-style war.
“When we go to war, we should go to war,” Mielke said. “When we come home, we should come home. I don’t believe it’s our job to meddle in the affairs of other nations. I don’t believe it’s our job to try to create a democracy or republic form of government. We’re there to fight an enemy. When the enemy is fought, we need to bring them home.”
Mielke says the Afghanistan War has become a political football for Congress instead of the fight against terrorism.