Ending the Afghanistan War

Following through on his promise made back in December to reassert congressional power (per Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution) to overrule the President Obama’s plans for prolonged war in Afghanistan, yesterday, Dennis Kucinich introduced two privileged resolutions invoking the War Powers Act of 1973 aimed at triggering debate and votes on a timely withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

If, as the American people have repeatedly been told by the government for the better part of a decade now — as have we here in Canada — that their military forces have made tremendous strides in achieving improvement in the lives of Afghans, sending little girls to school, eliminating the imaginary threat of “terra” and so on, then maybe it’s time to just declare “victory” and end this ridiculous, heinously expensive misadventure on the other side of the world.

Thankfully, our government has at least the good sense to have already pulled the plug on our commitment to this absurd farce as of next year. Pity it wasn’t sooner and that more young men and women will have to die needlessly in the meantime, but at least it’s better than the prospect facing the Americans of propping up their criminal drug cartel/autocratic puppet regime in Kabul for some indefinite period of time.

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5 responses to “Ending the Afghanistan War

  1. MississaugaPeter

    I wouldn’t count us out of Afghanistan until it happens.

    A majority government could just as easily reverse the decision.

  2. I don’t think people here would tolerate it. Especially not when the government is coming to grips with an enormous deficit. That stupid little war is something we just can’t afford. Besides, the Forces need time to regroup and rehabilitate themselves.

  3. TofKW

    Red is correct. The Forces will never say so publicly, but they have really been run ragged by our 8 year (and counting) engagement in Afghanistan. Aside from equipment and cost, and I hate to bring down our 140 casualties (thus far) into such a cold context, but they and the severely wounded also need to be replaced – and that doesn’t happen overnight. We simply do not have an army of sufficient size that can maintain a 2000+ troop combat deployment overseas for a prolonged period of time. And personally I think that’s a good thing, as I’d rather my tax dollars be spent on health care and education rather than bullets for foolish overseas engagements.

  4. TofKW

    And before I’m accused of not supporting our troops …I support them by wishing they were not being blown-up by IEDs due to the brain-dead actions of a past, foolish U.S. administration.

  5. Quite so. Time to take a breather… consolidate and repair the damage that’s been done to the Forces during the course of this long engagement that’s over-extended our limited capabilities.

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