While many on the right (and some on the left) tend to think that deploying 30-40,000 more troops into Afghanistan is a good idea, one must beg to differ on the consequences of those unimaginable actions. “US military officials in Kabul estimate that a minimum of 10 percent of the Pentagon’s logistics contracts–hundreds of millions of dollars–consists of payments to insurgents,” cites a recent report from The Nation. Now add to that, the overall fiscal cost of the military deployment, in addition to the cost of bloodshed and long-term occupation in a country that does not want us there.
In more recent days, US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry expressed “deep reservations about the possibility of sending more US troops to the country.” This, from an individual who has seen and experienced first-hand the problematic quagmire that has become Afghanistan.
Furthermore, the recent tragedy at Fort Hood may be incomprehensible to the average American citizen; but if you had asked Sgt. Travis Bishop (stationed at Fort Hood, Texas) back in August what he thought about another Afghanistan deployment, he would have told you about the perils of war. In fact, in a recent interview with Truthout, Bishop stated, “I started reading my Bible to get right with my creator before going. Through my reading I realized all this goes against what Jesus taught and what all true Christians should believe. I had a religious transformation, and realized that all war is wrong.” But Bishop isn’t the lone soldier with such strong feelings. In the last few years, there has been an 80 percent increase in desertion rates in the US military. That does not make these soldiers cowards. It makes them rational human beings, who think with their minds and hearts.
Since the tank of the US economy between 2007 – 2009, this nation has seen the highest unemployment numbers in over two decades. Stocks are uneasy, and the housing market is equally volatile. BUT, we are on the mend. That mend must include the withdrawal of American forces deployed in Afghanistan. There should not be a “shadow government” (aka. CIA); making the rules along the way and creating friction in otherwise neutral nations. If we truly want to put an end to “terrorism,” then we must stop funding the terrorist organizations that seek to destroy us. The same holds true for war-profiteering corporations like Haliburton, Blackwater, and KBR, among others. How many millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars are funding mercenary organizations like Blackwater? How many millions of taxpayer dollars are funding the gross mismanagement of firms like KBR, where employees are earning well beyond 100k annually to construct hazardous (and even fatal) facilities for our US troops — the very troops, who are not only fighting to live another day against the very forces that we are funding, but the same troops who make pennies on the dollar compared to war profiteers that conduct shoddy and unforgivable workmanship on their behalf…and on the backs of the American taxpayer?
Afghanistan has become an unintelligble war. Not an illegal occupation like Iraq; but nonetheless, unintelligble. It no longer makes sense to send our young men and women to a venomous snake pit, where one hand washes the other…even when it’s filthy to begin with. It’s time to withdraw from a war that was never meant to happen…because it was certainly never completed by the former administration who started it. We dropped the ball. That’s okay, Mr. President – this is not your war. This is not your beef. No one will call you yellow for preserving the thousands of soldiers, who can no longer stand behind a war so diluted with corruption, mismangement, and unintelligible orchestration. This was a war that was begun but was never finished. President Obama, you can end it. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Doesn’t have to have all the bells and whistles. It can simply just end. We can better utilize this erroneous funding (on war profiteers and the Taliban) on economic infrastructure and health care for the American people…and perhaps use a portion of that funding to build the necessary schools and hospitals for the Afghan people. If Afghanistan wants to employ KBR, Haliburton and Blackwater, let it be on their tab. I believe the American people have paid enough in both blood and greenbacks. It’s time to bring our kids home now!
Afghan Quagmire: Digging a Hole to Fill a Hole
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