Guardian OpEd: The sooner the US exits Afghanistan, the better
It is time to truly end the US war in Afghanistan. It is pure folly and wholly counterproductive for the US to keep fighting in Afghanistan, paying the highest price in life and treasure, for one more day, let alone until a specific calendar date is reached. The current US strategy, which lacks critical political and economic transition elements, will neither accomplish US political objectives, nor provide security for the people of Afghanistan. As violence is currently on the rise, one can reasonably wonder what has been gained from years of remarkable expense and sacrifice.
If you had to guess how many taxpayer dollars the Pentagon spends every year, what would you guess?
Would you guess that the U.S. spent six times more than China? Or eleven times the amount of our Cold War adversary, Russia?
Would you believe that we spend more than the next 15 countries combined?
“For more than fifty years, the Council has been working to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism while supporting a strong national security policy keeping America safe,” said Ira Lechner, chairman of Council for a Livable World. “Senator Schatz has proven the same commitment and we look forward to great things from him during his tenure. As Lieutenant Governor, he proved his commitment to our military families with his service on the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council.”
Council chairman, Ira Lechner, joins Robin Young of Here & Now WBUR-Boston to discuss nuclear weapons.
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