The Russians spent ten years in Afghanistan and finally fled with their tails between their legs. The U.S. had something to do with that of course, but instead of learning the lesson the Russians learned, we engaged in a war that has lasted longer than the Russian effort. More than 400,000 people have now been killed, wounded, or disabled since Iraq and Afghanistan started. Thousands are Americans. How many more of our young, all-volunteer force are you willing to sacrifice before you realize that Afghanistan is what it is and has been fighting foreigners for nearly a thousand years?
Either the Afghanis are able to stand on their own, or they are not. This is a decision relagated to the Afghani people. Do the Afghanis want to live in fear and terror, or do they wish to live peaceful lives? This is up to Afghanis and cannot be forced upon them. You grew up during the Vietnam War and you should understand these things. You have seen it before and you know the costs, both now and in the future. There is a limit on how many Americans should be sacrificed in these efforts, which were not started by you, but where you now become responsible. That limit on sacrifice was reached long ago, both abroad and at home. It is time to bring our troops home and reunite them with their families, and help heal their wounds.
Americans hate terrorism, but neither are they afraid of it. America is bigger than terrorism by far. Terrorists can strike from the shadows if they wish, but what this country represents, and its ideals, are not affected by terrorism and they never will be. You can feel safe in the idea of saying 'enough' and bringing our people home. All of them deserve a ticker-tape parade in New York, and the full support of our citizens. Please.
'Trizzle, trazzle, trozzle, trone...time for this one to come home...'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
(Robert Blevins is the managing editor for Adventure Books of Seattle, and has written more than thrity pro-Obama articles for Newsvine since 2007. He was the founder of Publishers and Authors for Obama during Obama's first campaign for President.)