What Are We Fighting For In Afghanistan?August 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment
Because when Americans do all the killing, it will not turn out for the best. There is NOTHING on the horizon that sees a shift away from this, where Americans do all the killing, where Americans use force. Because America does not take Afghanistan as a colony, with full political control over the country, all we are doing is killing Afghans without any real goal to attain because the political reconciliation in Afghanistan is going absolutely nowhere. I thought it was bad in Iraq. Iraq is child’s play compared with the mess the Bush administration made in Afghanistan. While in Iraq there is some political unity (the Maliki government, as weak and corrupt as it is, does have a mandate over the country that is accepted by enough Iraqis to survive on its own), Karzai has nothing. Not even Kabul.
We need to do one of two things.
1. More drastic action. Take full political control of the country, wherein America is in charge with American laws and American culture (yes, that means empirical colonial control).
2. Get out. It’s simply not worth the cost to keep doing what we are doing now.
We’re not sending enough troops into the country yet again. We are not sending in enough civil workers to properly nation build. In terms of cost benefit analysis, what we are doing now is wholly wasteful. The worst part, even under Obama, the Afghan bill is being put on a credit card to be sent to our children to pay.
So why are we fighting in Afghanistan?