Let’s see, at last count, we have lost over 4,000 American lives in Iraq; how many have we lost in Afghanistan? Were they old people? Of course not; war is for the young.
How many young men and women have been wounded in action to such extent that the rest of their lives will be adversely affected? How long have we been in Afghanistan? The Washington Post says it has been nine years. Nine years! Nine years of death and dismemberment and amputations and blindness.
And do you understand the emotions that the veterans bring back with them? Especially after their second, third, even fourth tour in a hostile fire area? No, I don’t think you do. Do you know how it feels to see and hear and feel the heat and noise and impact of bombs and bullets and shrapnel tear apart the flesh and bones of your comrades? No, I don’t think you do.
They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait
We have over 200,000 US and allied troops in Afghanistan. That is about 200,000 families now in emotional and probable financial distress because their loved ones are in harm’s way. Some of those loved ones may come home in body bags. Do you know how the families feel, as they can only stand and wait? You know, only if you are one of them.
How many American families have been broken up or actually destroyed, or placed on welfare, as a result of the war? How many of you think the debacle of our involvement in Iraq had nothing to do with our financial collapse? You do know that it takes billions of dollars to wage war, right?
Command Without Control
Reportedly, there are 90,000 Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. So the theater commander wants 40,000 more U.S. troops on the ground to help win the war. Has anyone defined “win”? How about “win the hearts and minds of the people”? Did we not try that in Vietnam? Remember how that went? And of course we won in Iraq, right?
Then, according to news reports from war correspondents, we have senior commanders who are at best, incompetent. They detach troops that are too few and inadequately supported to accomplish the mission. Blame it on faulty intelligence? You mean like they did in Somalia? Did any of those senior commanders attend Command and General Staff College? Did they read Clausewitz? Or Sun Tzu? Or Patton?
Wipe Out the Taliban – Right After You Wipe Out Mosquitoes
A senior U.S. commander made the statement to the press that even with 40,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan, it could take years to win a decisive victory. (How long was the Soviet Union in Afghanistan?) What exactly would a “decisive victory” be? Like the one in Iraq? Or in Vietnam?
There Is Another Way
Our troops are not dying to defend America. They are dying because Bush and company lied to the world. They are dying because the Government wants to make a statement to the world.
Let’s see, if we took a billion dollars away from the war effort and infused it into Homeland Security, would that be a direct and proper effort to protect America? Would that be better than having American troops die in countries that treat women like inferior beings? You know, like stoning them because they were raped?
What do you think?