Of all the reasons I've ever heard for continuing to fight a war...the one that makes the least sense to me is that we need to continue to fight so that those who have already been killed will not have died in vain. I heard this through the years of Vietnam when most of the country had figured out that things were going badly, and that the war was unwinnable, but that we had to keep sending more troops over there so that the others hadn't indeed "died in vain". But...what if they did?
George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield and the other liars who sent over four thousand Americans to die in Iraq have a hell of a lot of blood on their hands, and if any of those men and women died in vain, it's because of those politicians who sent them there.
We went to Afghanistan to find Osama Bin Laden and destroy the terrorist training camps. (even though the culprits came primarily from Saudi Arabia ...the golden country that we don't discuss). The guy is dead. The Taliban is either decimated or actually in secret talks with our country. When I hear that we're there to train the Afghans to secure their own country and create a new government that is stable and not corrupt I just want to yell " It ain't gonna happen guys! " Ten years and the place is still a mess.
Dying in vain is an awful phrase. Sometimes I think it's the bottom line truth. Thirteen bodies are being prepared to be shipped home to their brokenhearted families. Tell me again what they died for?