It is Time for the U.S. to Leave Afghanistan

On the field of Battle, a person's occupation does not make a terrible death more or less devastating.  The death of three American Doctors by friendly fire reflects the need for our soldiers to leave this country.  In 2012, at least 60 soldiers were killed by Afghan soldiers who decided to end their lives for whatever reason.
The trend continued in 2013 with a number of horrific murders of US servicemen.  Imagine that you are not suspecting an onslaught of bullets when you are reclining or in the gym working out.  .

Afghanistan first came on my radar screen when the Russians invaded back in the late 1970's.  Being that Russia was a major super power, this invasion supposed to be swift and decisive.  It reminds me of when the U.S. invaded Grenada.  The invasion was over in about two hours.  Russia, due to the dangerous terrain, and the covert tactics of the Afghan soldiers known as the Mujahideen, lasted for ten years.  There was no victory for Russia.  Hundreds of thousand of Afghan citizens were killed and many more were displaced.  This war did not end until ten years later with no clear victor.

The United States decided to invade Afghanistan in 2001.  We had been devastated by the attacks on 9-11 and it seemed that Osama Bin Laden had escaped to this country.  The Taliban was determined to hide him from our forces and thirteen years later, we are still in this country.  We have made no major inroads with regards to establishing democratic principles.  Osama Bin Laden was assassinated by U.S. special forces in 2011.  I am just realizing now that it was almost ten years from when he first authorized the suicide attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

The death of American and other soldiers and civilians by Afghan soldiers is an indefensible act.  It is reported that there are twice as many troops in Afghanistan today as when President Obama first took office.  This is in spite of the fact that President Obama outlined a plan for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in June 2011.  We were supposed to be in serious reduction mode by now.  With the rising threat of the Russian incursion into the Ukraine, we are on the verge of stretching our troops really thin.  I am concerned about how are troops are reintegrating into civilian life now.  These extended deployments really reflect that the military is not just a place to serve twenty years without the chance of being involved in military con

Congress is also looking to expedite the process of removing troops from this country.  We do have a goal of severely crippling the reach of the Taliban.  There must be more strategic reasons why we are committed to leaving troops in this region.  The sacrifice of our soldiers at the hands of disgruntled Afghan soldiers or police officer or angry citizens is unfortunate.  The costs of war include our citizens who are caught in harms way for whatever reason other than war.  I hope can bring our soldiers home without the loss of more innocent lives. 

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