As the U.S. and Afghanistan negotiate the terms of their relationship for the next decade, I would urge Congress and the president to abandon the failed war strategy in Afghanistan and focus the U.S. instead toward supporting political negotiations that include all parties to the conflict, Afghanistan's neighbors - including Iran and Pakistan - and Afghan civil society.
One year after the U.S. assassination of Osama bin Laden, I'm concerned that our government is still pursuing the same failed war strategy in Afghanistan based on bringing peace through fighting and war.
I hope that my members of Congress - Rep. Mazie Hirono and Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka - will support an end to the war that takes this approach.
Tammy Lea Taylor