All for nothing. That’s how I see it. Our nation lost 4,400 troops in the Iraqi war and nothing has changed. It’s such a pity. Not only that the situation in Iraq has deteriorated to the conditions reminiscent of 2005, but that we wasted so many American lives on a lost cause.
And we knew it would turn out this way!
I think we should immediately remove our troops from Afghanistan. Read my lips. It will fall into disarray same as Iraq as soon as we’re gone. That’s all they know in those countries; warring tribes and religious zealots killing each other for territorial control. It’s historical, but we continue to ignore the facts and try to force a way of life they cannot grasp. It’s time we cut our losses and come home.
The one redeeming factor for our continued fighting in the Mideast is that we are taking the fight to them and possibly distracting any major attacks on our own soil. But otherwise, we have wasted thousands of American lives and billions of American dollars.
I’m not questioning our military’s role in Iraq. It went to war and did its mission, ridding the country of an overtly belligerent Al Qaida terrorist group. In Fallujah, where Marines fought house to house flushing Al Qaida fighters from that city, and in the process suffering hundreds of dead and wounded, the insurgents are back in control.
Our military could go back and beat Al Qaida down again. But what’s the point? It will never be defeated. And the mind-set of the people in that region can never be changed. They are feudal people who know no different.
It’s frustrating that our leaders in this country, regardless of political party, can repeatedly involve us in such losing causes. Iraq wasn’t the first, and probably won’t be the last. Wars can only be won by beating the enemy into submission. If we’re not willing to do that, then strike a massive blow when retribution is needed, and leave. Obviously, anything different will not succeed.