Voice of the People
by James J. Devine
President Barack Obama’s infusion of 34,000 new U.S. troops in Afghanistan is only going to prolong a war that has no end in sight.
What’s the exit strategy?
Obama has issued orders to expand the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan instead of bringing the troops home.
It becomes hard to believe U.S. troops will start leaving the region before the end of Obama’s first term when they will still be arriving only a few months before campaigning gets under way for the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses.
The doomed 8-year-old war in Afghanistan appears to be over, just as the ill-fated invasion of Iraq was from its outset, leaving only a matter of time before American leaders recognize that there is no point at which we can honestly declare ‘victory’ in any meaningful way.
Saddam Hussein has been replaced as the Iraqi bogeyman by scores of religious zealots and Osama bin Laden is more likely to turn up in the open when 100,000 armed invaders are not hunting him.
We shall win no hearts or minds by continuing to kill people in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Our presence there threatens the governments in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, because many Arabs see nothing except infidels occupying Muslim lands.
The costs of killing—and that is what war is—exceed any potential return on our investment, but Americans really should refuse to pay the moral price of lives lost or destroyed by violence.
Many of those brave soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors can contribute more to their country by rebuilding America instead of tearing apart a place little more advanced than the Stone Age.
Obama’s strategy is an extension to that of former President George W. Bush, who founded this mission on cluelessness and lies.
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