July 10, 2013

Insider Attack in Afghanistan Kills 1, Wounds 6

That would be in addition to the 17 women and children killed by the Taliban today. This is why I'm not that phased by word that we might bail out of Afghanistan early.

Early? We've been there for 12 years now. Twelve long years. If twelve years is early, then I'd like to see what a long time means to some of these people.

When we could have and should have applied the lessons of Iraq and quadrupled the number of troops, Obama punted and "settled" for a "surge" which wasn't anything like what was needed. Not. Even. Close.

So, here we are. Twelve years in, and without a stable government in Kabul able to stand on its own two feet.

It's long past time to bail. Let the Afghans work out their own troubles.

We kicked their asses the first time in a matter of weeks. Should they decide to roll over and let the Taliban take control once again, we could do it again in a matter of weeks yet again. And again. And again.

At some point it sinks in: we do not let the Taliban come to power.

Or, it doesn't. And then there's no one left alive in Afghanistan to complain.

Yes, that's where I'm at now.

It's not that I don't value Afghan lives. I do. The innocents affected by the evil doers around them. It breaks my heart.

It's just that I value American lives more.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:40 PM | Comments |