This week marks the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. We still have 90,000 troops there, we've had 4,000 of soldiers dies there, and about 18,000 seriously wounded. I heard the big wig general last evening that we will be there for "a long time". My question is ..Why?. We heard over and over again that we'd leave Iraq when we were able to turn the government security over to the Iraqis...and now we hear the same thing about Afghanistan.
The majority of Americans think we've had more than enough of Afghanistan. The Russians gave up after ten years....and I think it's time for us. Didn't we go there to avenge those who attacked us on 9-11 and to apprehend Bin Laden? ( although the majority of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia ). We also were supposed to be there because the Afghans gave safe harbor to the Taliban. It looks to me as if the Taliban isn't going anywhere, and that most people in that God forsaken country will support anybody who helps them simply survive.
I think that the folks on Wall Street have an interest in maintaining the status quo, and the people who manufacture drugs want to maintain their lucrative businesses....and the "generals on the ground" want to keep fighting wars.....that's what they do for a living. Unfortunately the 4000 young men and women who have suffered and died over there will never have a chance to do anything more.
Is this never ending disgusting war making you and yours any safer? I kinda doubt that the next attack is being planned in a cave in Afghanistan