The United States has the largest, most powerful, and most expensive military in the world. However, America has not won a war in 76 years.
This is the combined fault of our military leaders, and our Washington politicians. The ‘brass’ never wants to end a war, and politicians use wars for political advantage and financial gain.
The following is a quote sent to me today from a friend my own age who I have known for over 50 years.”If you ever feel useless, remember;It took 20 years, trillions of dollarsand four U.S. presidents to replace the Taliban with the Taliban”
As one former veteran of Afghanistan said: “we should have left in 2002 when our original mission failed.”
The Russians were smarter than our military leaders; they stayed for only ten years before running away with their tales between their legs.
Born in 1946, I have lived through the Korean Conflict, the war in Vietnam, a two-day skirmish in Kuwait, the Invasion of Iraq, and the two-decade long war in Afghanistan. With the exception of two days in Kuwait, our country has lost every conflict. As I write this, I still have no understanding, no justification for waging wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, or continuing a war in Afghanistan after our mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden failed.
Only politicians and those invested in the military industrial complex are the only people who “win a war.” Leaders of governments choose to go to war, and working class men and women fight those wars for them.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
Last week President Biden withdrew our forces from Afghanistan. He also suggested that it’s time we stopped rushing to wage wars in foreign nations and consider alternatives.
It’s about time.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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