The US military chief has said he did not have enough troops to send to Afghanistan. On the other hand, employers in US cut 62,000 jobs in June for the sixth consecutive month as soaring fuel prices and a slowing economy forced companies to reduce costs. It is time Admiral Mullen recruited those who lost their jobs into the army. Then, he will have troops to despatch to Afghanistan. Finally, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have come to bite the Americans. Days of cheap oil, guzzling SUVs, and trendy homes are over. The Yankees will now have to scrounge for crumbs to survive. US agenda now is to use our national army as a mercenary force to kill its own people. It seems there are no sane voices in the US that could advise Washington to pull back from the abyss in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is it too much to ask US to at least give peace a chance for the betterment of the humanity? -MEHRAN LEGHARI, Lahore, via e-mail, October 23.