Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How much longer?

  • The American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783 (eight years).
  • The War of 1812 lasted about two years.
  • The Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865 (four years).
  • World War One (a.k.a. "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars") lasted from 1914 to 1918 (also four years).
  • WW2 was fought from 1939 to 1945 (six years).
  • The Korean War was fought from 1950 to 1953 (three years).
  • American troops fought in The Vietnam War from 1965 to 1973 (eight years).
The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001. We are now two days short of ten years. What's the point? What have we gained? What will we gain? What can we gain? Does anyone honestly believe that if Western troups stay in Afghanistan for five more years or fifty more years, the Taliban won't still be oppressing, abusing and murdering the Afghani people?

Morality is probably on the American side. Time, sadly, is probably on the Taliban side. Some wars just can't be won without bombing the country "back into the Stone Age."

The USA gave up on Vietnam after eight years. The Russians gave up on Afghanistan after nine years. The British gave up on Afghanistan after two years (1839-1841).

I feel extreme sorrow for the good people of Afghanistan, but short of a massive effort to resettle them elsewhere, I see no solution.

It's time to bring American troops home.

(photo by Fabrizio Bensch)


1 comment:

  1. Afghanistan there is nothing to win and too much to lose, and more than likely without a homegrown, more powerful opposition against the Taliban (should we extract) this terrorist group may become the formal government; yet we are past the point of nation building. It is a hell of a mess. It’s a war of attrition. There are more of them than there will ever be of us. David Hackworth once stated for every one the US kills, 15 more rise to fill that one dead man’s shoes. But at the same time we cannot leave Pakistan and leave their nukes unchecked. Yet to stay in Pakistan on some levels means we will be in Afghanistan given not just their geography but also because of their political stance against the US. We can never afford for Pakistan to be completely overcome by terrorist until they become the formal government. Never. A hell of a mess indeed.