Regarding the Dec. 29 front-page article “Grim future seen for Afghanistan”:

The new national intelligence estimate of the Afghan war affirms what was already well-known: This adventure was ill-conceived by our political leaders from the beginning and poorly executed by our military leaders throughout. By any light, this war has been a wasteful failure, and the sooner we’re out of it, the better.  

Some military commanders believe that the latest intelligence assessment underestimates the capabilities of Afghan security forces. That view, known better as clutching at straws, is of the sort that has perpetuated our lengthy but futile involvement in Afghanistan, a country that lacks the most basic institutions needed to ensure even a modicum of stability and security.

We can only hope that President Obama will heed the findings of the intelligence estimate and bring this folly to a conclusion in 2014.

Bruce Carnes, Springfield