Afghan war is not America's longest

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The newscasters on the local television channels and the major networks when talking about Afghanistan mention that it is the longest war the United States has been in. That just is not true.

Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 11, 2012 will be 11 years and three months.

The war in Vietnam, according to official records by the U.S. government, started Jan. 1, 1961 and ended May 7, 1975. That means it lasted 14 years and four months.

In order for Afghanistan to be the longest war the United States has been in, our troops will have to be there until after Jan. 11, 2016. The reports are that combat missions in Afghanistan are to end by the end of 2014, and our troops will be withdrawn.

If you will relay this information to the Associated Press and the rest of the broadcasters, it would be nice if people were to get their facts correct.

John G. Volgyi, Ravenna

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