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10 Reasons to Stay in Afghanistan

Courtesy of War is a Crime:

1. When you’re setting a record for the longest modern war, cutting it short just increases the chances of somebody breaking your record some day.

2. When Newt Gingrich and Cal Thomas turn against a war, keeping it going will really confuse Republicans.

3. If we pull U.S. troops out after they have shot children from helicopters, kicked in doors at night, waved Nazi flags, urinated on corpses, massacred villages, and burned Korans it will look like we’re sorry they did those things.

4. U.S. tax dollars have been funding our troops, and through payments for safe passage on roads have also been the top source of income for the Taliban. Unilaterally withdrawing that funding from both sides of a war at the same time would be unprecedented and could devastate the booming Afghan economy.

5. The government we’ve installed in Afghanistan is making progress on its torture program and drug running and now supports wife beating. But it has not yet mandated invasive ultrasounds. We cannot leave with a job half-finished.

6. We have an enormous prison full of prisoners in Afghanistan, and closing it down would distract us from our essential concentration on pretending to close Guantanamo.

7. Unless we keep “winning” in Afghanistan it will be very hard to generate enthusiasm for our wars in Syria and Iran. And with suicide the top killer of our troops, we cannot allow our men and women to be killing themselves in vain.

8. If we ended the war that created the 2001 authorization to use military force, how would we justify our special forces operations in over 100 other countries, the elimination of habeas corpus, or the legalization of murdering U.S. citizens? Besides, if we stay a few more years we might find an al Qaeda member.

9. A few hundred billion dollars a year is a small price to pay for weapons bases, a gas pipeline, huge profits for generous campaign funders, and a perfect testing ground for weapons that will be absolutely essential in our next pointless war.

10. Terror hasn’t conceded defeat yet.

4 Comments on “10 Reasons to Stay in Afghanistan”

  1. #1 Debi
    on Mar 16th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    And what will happen to all the boys and girls from Oklahoma who have no other prospects, no chance of getting a job that pays well enough to keep the roof of a doublewide over their heads? What will they do? How will they get an education for god’s sake?!

  2. #2 Jeff
    on Mar 16th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Assuming that you are being serious and not facetious, let me see … if the cost of one soldier for one year in Afghanistan is $1 million, hmmmm …. let me do the math … how many college degrees would that buy? How many farms? How many pensions? Really … think it through and stop buying the line that sends poor people to their deaths in foreign countries to satisfy the greed of “defense” contractors. I mean … damn …

  3. #3 Debi
    on Mar 17th, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Jeff! I was being sarcastic! Even if I did think war was a good idea, never in a million years would I think a good enough reason is to give someone a job! Especially a child! My point is poor people are, oh, what’s the word? tricked? led? brainwashed? into this because they have no other options–they can’t even afford to keep a doublewide over their heads and they are wooed with promises of being able to get a wonderful education and endless opportunities if they just serve their country for a few years. We’re taking advantage of poor children. It’s really not unlike what that guy Kony is doing in Africa, stealing people’s children and turning them into soldiers (killers).

  4. #4 Jeff
    on Mar 17th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Ahhh, the limitations of the written word. Sigh… maybe if you had put the number 11 in front of your comment, I would have “gotten” it. My apologies.

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