Wednesday, June 9, 2010

America's longest war, now playing in Afghanistan

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

In a time when our country needs an influx of cash to bolster job growth, spur the green economy, repay our debts and repair our crumbling infrastructure, we're sending a steady, and large, flow of cash to the other side of the globe to fund an unwinnable war. It makes no sense.

By the way, does anyone have any idea what are we fighting for in Afghanistan, or is this just some sort of dick measuring contest? How will we know when we have won? Is this, like, a forever war or will we eventually bring our troops home? Did we learn anything in Vietnam?

If you know the answers to these questions, please go to Washington and let the people in charge of the war in Afghanistan know. Thanks. It's obvious they could use the guidance because, as of this week, the war in Afghanistan is America's longest war.

The Allies defeated both the Japanese and the Nazis in less time. You dig?

It's time to bring our troops home. It's beyond time.

Three months after 9/11, every major Taliban city in Afghanistan had fallen — first Mazar-i-Sharif, then Kabul, finally Kandahar. Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar were on the run. It looked as if the war was over, and the Americans and their Afghan allies had won.

Butch Ivie, then a school administrator in Winfield, Ala., remembers, "We thought we'd soon have it tied up in a neat little bag."

But bin Laden and Omar eluded capture. The Taliban regrouped. Today, Kandahar again is up for grabs. And soon, Afghanistan will pass Vietnam as America's longest war.

Read the rest of this USA Today article, by Rick Hampson, here.

From Twitter user @BraveNewFound:

The #Afghanistan War is now the longest in U.S. history. Watch our new video and send Congress a message: #p2 #costofwar

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