REFLECTIONS

Posted on September 18, 2011

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END AFGHANISTAN WAR

AFGHANIS AWAYS REVERT TO 9TH CENTURY

I truly hate to say it, but I sincerely believe it is time for the U.S. military and NATO armed forces to leave Afghanistan.

The latest attack by the Afghanis themselves on the American embassy and NATO headquarters only reinforces my view.

As a former enlisted man, it makes my stomach churn to think of all the good men and women who have given their lives and suffered injuries in this valiant, multi-year effort against the Taliban, imported terrorist and a corrupt Afghan government. They accomplished more than I could ever imagined.

Yet, in my heart, that the moment we leave, that country will revert to the 9th Century. There will be no democracy holding the “country” together, rather it will once again just be a collection of tribes and warlords, poppy fields, repressed and suppressed women,  and corrupt government officials.

This is not to mention that we need to replace our expended and obsolete military equipment at a time when some in Congress are talking about military expense cutbacks.

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