South Mississippians weigh in on Afghanistan

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - President Obama is set to announce a plan for the future of the war in Afghanistan Tuesday. Reports indicate the announcement will include deploying more troops to war.  South Mississippians voiced their opinions on the war at Beach Park Sunday.

When you ask Lotte Beck about the war in Afghanistan, you'll find out she has a strong opinion.

"I think its just another Vietnam. Both Iraq and Afghanistan," Beck said.  "Its a different culture, we just don't belong in there."

Reports show public support for the war is at an all-time low and so far, nearly 1000 U.S. Soldiers have died behind the country's borders.  Beck and others say win or lose, its time to drop the war in Afghanistan.

"Too many people are wasted," Beck said.  "Too many young talented people are wasted in wars all together."

"We need ones that are over there need to come home," said Lisa Garry, a Pascagoula resident.  "Why would we send other people over there to get killed?  I pray the ones over there come home safely, but I don't think we should send anymore over there."

However President Obama is expected to deploy more men and women to Afghanistan, to help ensure when our troops leave they do so in victory.

It's good news to Carol Cooper, whose biggest fear about the war is leaving the job unfinished.

"That would be the biggest mistake we could make," Cooper said.  "It would be a dishonor to our country, it would be a dishonor to those that died in 911.  It would break my heart to see that happen."

She does however hope our troops bring the war to a quick end and come home soon.

"I think that we should go in, get the job done, and get out of there," Cooper said.  "Looking at what they've done to us, the even forces that be, we know they're in Afghanistan and I think we need to go in and take care of that."

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