Questions on war in Afghanistan for the candidates

Monday’s third and final presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. The war in Afghanistan, now in its 11th year, has not been frequently and specifically discussed on the campaign trail by President Obama or Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The Globe has asked three people profoundly affected by the war what question they would ask the candidates.

Q: “Since 1775 many young men and women have sacrificed much, including their own lives, for our country’s freedom. What specific steps would you take to ensure the safety of our soldiers before committing troops to another engagement?”

Paul Monti of Raynham, a schoolteacher whose son Jared was awarded the Medal of Honor after losing his life trying to save one of his soldiers in Afghanistan in 2006.


Q: “When US forces withdraw from Afghanistan [in] 2014, what would be your strategy to help Afghan civilians hardest hit by the conflict to have a better life and opportunities?”

Mahtab Farid, who served as a public diplomacy officer in Afghanistan for the State Department from 2009 to 2012

Q: “Mr. President, governor, when facing a future situation in which the lethal application of the military is contemplated, please describe the analytical process you will use to ensure the cost of action will not reasonably be greater than the use of other or nonlethal options? In short, how will you safeguard American blood and treasure against unnecessary or unwise expenditure?”

Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, a veteran of the war who published a detailed critique of the US strategy and insists American troops are being sacrificed for the unrealistic goal of a stable Afghanistan and should return now.

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