On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.
The question thinking Americans have to ask themselves, 9 years on, is why are we in Afghanistan?
1. Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with the security of the United States. It is a broken, dysfunctional country with a puppet government, propped up by US military might, steeped in corruption with complete and callous disregard for the welfare of its own people.
2. There were two outcomes to be accomplished through the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, both for private profit. The first was control of the drug trade (mission accomplished here), and the second was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the point where pipelines could be installed with which to control Eurasian oil (not remotely close on this one).
As you will recall, as late of August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating pipeline rights with the Taliban, but considered the price "too high". Then, conveniently, came 9/11, and we were off and running to "punish" Afghanistan with our invasion and occupation.
It should be mandatory that the parents, friends,and loved ones of every soldier who has died or been maimed for life in this immoral and illegal military misadventure, should be informed by their Congressional Representatives as follows:
"Your loved one died (or was maimed) to insure control of the drug trade, which has pretty well been accomplished, and to pacify the Afghan people enough to be able to install the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, which we have not accomplished. Therefore, American kids are going to keep fighting, getting maimed, and dying until the latter outcome is achieved."
One wonders if that would finally wake the American people up, and what, upon that awakening, and moment of complete clarity, they would do with the rage they would be feeling upon understanding the real reason American kids are fighting, getting maimed, and dying in Afghanistan.