Xena Gazette Publishes Op-Ed by John Isaacs

2,300 deaths are enough
By John Isaacs

Another two years in Afghanistan would do nothing to meet the U.S. national security objectives.

President Barack Obama’s recent attempt to define foreign policy failed to accurately reflect how Washington intends to end one of the biggest quagmires of our time: Afghanistan.

“You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan,” Obama told newly minted military officers at West Point.

He then contradicted this statement by outlining a plan to retain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year.

The U.S. military can’t solve any of Afghanistan’s complex problems. The American people and Congress have had it. It’s time to end this fruitless war instead of slow-walking it for several more years.

As of June 1, the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has cost the lives of more than 2,300 American troops, caused tens of thousands of Afghan military and civilian casualties, and drained an estimated $725 billion from the American treasury. Continuing U.S. involvement will mean more deaths, both American and Afghan, as well as billions in taxpayer dollars.

Another two years in Afghanistan will do nothing to achieve U.S. national security objectives.

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