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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 

The Other War, In Afghanistan

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Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht


Statistically, Cpl. Jacob Leicht of College Station, TX, was the 1000th American soldier to die in the Afghan war. Cpl. Leicht (24) died on May 27, 2010. He was born on the 4th of July. But statistics  don't tell the whole story....what the loss means to his family and friends. 

President Obama declared that he would "..............withdraw combat forces from Iraq by August 2010 and all remaining troops by December 2011."

Let us see if he will stick to the target.  Based on his record, we could expect a statement announcing a change, especially now with reports about discovery of vast reserves of lithium in Afghanistan.  Think of huge profits by those who are in a position to exploit it.

Heading for the ninth year, the war in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001.   As plans for the summer offensive against Taliban strongholds accelerate there would be more casualties.  The end, however, is not in sight. And there are questions as to whether we are 'winning' the war or whether it is 'winnable'.

Another war in which our money is enriching corrupt bureaucrats, including our one-time favorite Hamid Karzai, U.S. corporations producing weapons, and contractors hired to aid war efforts.  The poppy trade continues unabated.

See Cost of War.com - National Priorities Project

Bob Herbert in NY Times:

 


Our government leaders keep mouthing platitudes about objectives that are not achievable, which is a form of deception that should be unacceptable in a free society.

In announcing, during a speech at West Point in December, that 30,000 additional troops would be sent to Afghanistan, President Obama said: “As your commander in chief, I owe you a mission that is clearly defined and worthy of your service.”

That clearly defined mission never materialized.








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