Though I have personally thanked my congressman, Adam Schiff, for voting "yes" on House Roslution 4899, which requires a stated timetable for withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan, Allen E. Brandstater's letter ("So many reasons to vote for Colbert," Oct. 16) reminds me to thank him publicly.
Brandstater sarcastically asks, "Hey, it's only fair to give al-Qaida a heads-up when we're leaving, right?" Here's the real joke: Al-Qaida is long gone from Afghanistan, and even the Republicans along with anyone who gets news almost anywhere other than Fox should know it.
Another fact is that a key part of the U.S. military strategy to bring our Afghan fiasco to an end is to get the Karzai gang into negotiations with the Taliban. (See, for example, the New York Times, Oct. 17, "Week in Review," among numerous other trustworthy sources, to verify this.) But the Taliban has said all along during our now-going-on-10-year occupation that they won't come to the table until the foreign troops are gone.