AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE IN AFGHANISTAN- WHEN WILL OUR TROOPS COME HOME? (Jay H Berman)

“The military doesn’t start wars. Politicians do.”

Gen. William C. Westmoreland

By, Jay H. Berman – Guest Columnist

Creator & Publisher of ronrambles.com is Ron Tenin, on twitter @rpt62960

 

The war in Afghanistan, launched October 7, 2001 as “Operation Enduring Freedom” is now entering its thirteenth year, (marking for us the longest period of sustained warfare in history), even longer than the cumulative time the United States was involved in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

 

A majority of Americans agree that a military strike against Afghanistan was correct. This was where the Taliban provided aid & comfort to Al Qaeda. Osama Bin Laden andhis Jihadists were behind the attacks of 9/11. That is what our government told us.

 

Today, there are voices which doubt the official version of what happened on 9/11. Time and energy has indeed been spent by this observer digging into the truth of that terrible day. But without corroborated solid evidence that indicates a different conclusion, from that which our government reports, a complete response to questions is impossible.

 

So, why is it necessary to revisit the rationale regarding the war in Afghanistan? It is because many people, myself included, think continued [U.S.] military presence in that sovereign state is not in the best interests of all concerned. NATO troop withdrawals may be the most definite demonstration of opposition to continued military engagement. On these pages space limits citing abundant declarations against the war. But, here are three powerful statements . . .

 

It is sometimes frightening to compare NATO military missions with Soviet ones of the 1980s

– Carnegie Endowment for International Peace policy brief, January 2009(1)

 

In December 2010, the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which officially began October 7, 2001, exceeded the length of the entire Soviet campaign in Afghanistan.

The mounting costs of the war in Afghanistan, now totaling over $100 billion a year, have constrained efforts to invest in job creation and in strengthening our country and our economy.

 

– Democratic National Committee resolution, February 2011(2)

At least two-thirds of seven predominantly Muslim countries surveyed say U.S. and NATO troops should withdraw from Afghanistan as soon as possible.

– Pew Research Poll, May 2011(3)

 

Bin Laden is dead. We are negotiating with the Taliban. However, American troops are still being killed. Speaking for myself & no one else, I know of nothing worse in this world than war. For the United States, the cost is far too great!

 

Mankind must find an end to war, or war will be the end of mankind.

– Robert F. Kennedy

 

Jay is on twitter @BermanJ1

Sources:

  • The U.S. Dept. of Defense

  • The U.S. State Dept.

  • The Associated Press

  • Reuters

  • Bloomberg News

Footnotes:

  1. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

  2. Democratic National Committee

  3. Pew Research




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