the kicker

Post Profiles First Official to Resign over Afghan War

October 27, 2009

If you’ve been online today you’ve probably already seen the link, but Karen DeYoung’s Washington Post profile of Matthew Hoh, a State Department officer who recently became the first U.S. official to resign over the war in Afghanistan, is really worth a read—not just for what Hoh has to say about Afghanistan, but also for the discussion of his experiences as a decorated soldier in Iraq. (The TV show Rescue Me, about New York firefighters who survived 9/11, helped him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.)

Hoh’s resignation letter is available as a PDF at the Post site; a non-PDF version is here. Spencer Ackerman, Michael Crowley, and, more skeptically, James Joyner all have interesting thoughts.

Update: Andrew Exum relays some skepticism from a reader.

Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.