To the Editor:
Re “In a Shift, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat” (front page, Nov. 22):
One would think that with United States forces already involved in an undeclared war in the Middle East against the Islamic State, President Obama would be most reluctant to surreptitiously increase our military commitment in Afghanistan rather than adhere to a pledge of last May that American troops would have no combat role in that country next year.
JAMES W. HAMILTON
Santa Fe, N.M., Nov. 22, 2014