Growing up in America, I believed that our nation’s leaders, and the leaders of our military were much wiser and more intelligent than I was; that’s why they were in those lofty positions. If I have learned one thing in my nearly 71 years, it’s the fact that I was mislead. I now know that I probably know as much about most things as they do, and in some cases more. I certainly care more about out nation than any of them, simply because I recognize the fact that the United States of America is 320 million people, not a broken government or a confused military.
Republicans in congress will now be known as the new “Keystone Cops.” They run around in several different directions; unsure of where they are going.
Our military, our Secretary of Defense, and our illegitimate president fail to learn a huge lesson from the Russians. They invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979, and did not leave until February of 1989. Approximately 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed; about 35,000 were wounded; and nearly 2,000,000 Afghani civilians lost their lives. When Russia eventually retreated in 1989, they proclaimed the fact that waging a war in a nation whose terrain is as treacherous as it fighters is an impossibility.
George W. Bush ordered our armed forces to invade Afghanistan on October 7, 2001; we remain there today. The original purpose of the invasion was to capture or kill the architect of the attacks on September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden; this never happened. The latest statistics report that 2,399 or our finest young men and women lost their lives in a war we cannot win. More than 20,000 have been wounded.
Some congressmen are asking why we remain in Afghanistan and when we plan to leave. As the Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, prepares to send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, Senator John McCain, who criticized a ‘draw-down’ of the number of Americans in the country in 2014, said the following.
“Each of us may describe that concern in our own way but none of us would say that we’re on course to a success here in Afghanistan,” he said.
Senator Elizabeth Warren noted that the patience of the American people was running out.
“We need a strategy in the United States that defines our role in Afghanistan, defines our objective and explains how we’re going to get from here to there,” she said.
Senator Lindsey Graham voiced concerns about the downsizing of the State Department, which formerly was our nation’s first effort to avoid military conflict.
“I see a lack of focus that’s very unnerving,” said Graham, calling the state department “woefully understaffed”.
None offered the truth; America has not ‘won a war since WWII.’ We lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We cannot defeat ISIS with conventional warfare; ISIS will no longer exist when we convince young men and women that they are recruiting them under false pretenses.
And Trump is not part of the solution, he is the problem. He is alienating millions of young Muslims as he displays growing Islamophobia within his party. He is doing a better job of recruiting than ISIS is doing.
America can no longer attempt to be the world’s policeman. We must bring our people home, and keep them here.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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