~By Wendy Zangari
I wrote to the President a while back on the Whitehouse.gov site. Now, I am not sure if this is directly from the President, but at least I got a response.  When I wrote to Bush Junior a few years ago, I got a kick back email from Cheney stating that they did not have time to read the emails that poured in on a daily basis.  So, I am at least getting somewhere with this President, I think!  Thank you President Obama for responding to my email, it is very much appreciated, however I am not sure I agree with your response. This seems a little uncaring of the people that your CIA Drones killed.
So now that you sent in more troops, your CIA Drones are killing civilians and are turning civilians into terrorists that were not before.  Honestly, I am glad that he replied, but I do not buy his excuses, I am sorry Obama, as I think more and more of this, I am disturbed by the response.
Also, someone mentioned today about Guantanamo Bay, what is happening with that?  I know you have a lot on your plate, but these aren’t criminals. Get the real criminals, your CIA Drones. Now I am upset.
The bad thing is that I don’t have a copy of the email I sent, I didn’t save it, however, you can get an idea as to what I was talking about in regards to his answer.
The White House, Washington
April 25, 2011
Dear Friend:
Thank you for writing.  As our service members in Afghanistan continue to bear an enormous burden for their fellow citizens, serving with honor, we owe them our deepest gratitude.
The September 11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan and executed by al-Qa’ida, which has found sanctuary in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  That is why I have increased the number of American troops fighting in Afghanistan.  We are also working closely with key international partners to put relentless pressure on al-Qa’ida and its associated forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as in countries like Yemen and beyond.  We will not stop until we disrupt, dismantle, and defeat these terrorist networks.
Our objectives are to deny al-Qa’ida a safe haven, to reverse the Taliban’s momentum, and to strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan’s security forces and government so they can take responsibility for their future.  To achieve this, our strategy requires a military effort that will create the conditions for a transition, civilian assistance that builds the capacity of the Afghan government while holding it accountable, and an effective partnership with Pakistan to root out al-Qa’ida safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.  I have asked that our commitment be joined by contributions from our allies, and they have responded by agreeing to provide additional troops and resources.
Our commitment to Afghanistan will not be open-ended.  Our troops will begin to come home in the summer of 2011 at a pace that will be conditions-based.  As our forces draw down, the Afghan government will take on greater responsibility for its country’s security, a process that will be completed in 2014.
To protect our country, we are also investing in our homeland security, improving and better coordinating our intelligence, working with our allies and partners to secure loose nuclear materials from terrorists, using diplomacy to strengthen our alliances, and drawing on the strength of our values.  For more information on my Administration’s strategies in Afghanistan and around the world, please visit:  www.WhiteHouse.gov/Issues/Foreign-Policy.
Barack Obama
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