Friday, June 16, 2017
Alyona Minkovski: Fifteen years in, it remains the longest military conflict the United States has been involved in. The most recent evaluations from generals suggest no signs of improving conditions or a path to "victory", and yet the strategy seems to remains the same - send more troops. How many more times do we need to hear that there "is no military solution" in Afghanistan, before we start to consider it a reality? ... This quagmire has cost the lives of over 2300 service members since 2001 and left 17,000 wounded. How many additional lives and billions of dollars will be spent letting the Pentagon send a few thousand more troops? And for what purpose?
What the American people need are honest assessments rather than a perpetual state of war, as well as a debate over what we owe to the Afghan people, who are living through it everyday.
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