The conflict in Afghanistan isn’t talked about during this year’s US Presidential campaign by either the candidates. It’s not a high priority in Congress and in fact doesn’t even regularly make the nightly news despite over 80,000 US troops serving in Afghanistan and dying at a rate of one soldier per day.
The American public now is more concerned about the economy and a possible rise in income taxes rather than the horrors that American soldiers face on a daily basis in Afghanistan. Office talk is more about the latest television shows and political mudslinging rather than the war the United States is still fighting to this day against the Taliban.
For a while now every major city had people in the streets chanting “Stop the war!” They however were not talking about the war in Afghanistan rather the war being waged against America’s middle class. When this year’s Presidential elections take place on November 6th the war will have been going on for 12 years. Many Americans if asked would tell you the war has raged on long enough while others will tell you that they had no clue that we were still fighting a war in Afghanistan.
The last time the United States had a war that captured such little public attention and outrage was the Korean War and that war wasn’t nearly as long as the war in Afghanistan.
Just because the American public chooses to ignore the war in Afghanistan doesn’t make it go away. Over 2000 Americans have died serving our country in this war and thousands of others have been wounded since this war began on October 7th, 2001. This war has kept going even though the majority of Al Qaeda has left Afghanistan and Al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid in Pakistan last year.
It’s time for America to just pack up and leave because this war is unwinnable. It’s at least unwinnable until President Hamid Karzai decides to do something about the corruption and extreme poverty problems. The only reason many of the Afghan people are turning to the Taliban is because this is their only opportunity to have a daily meal. It’s one thing to fight a war against injustice but a war when a political system and poverty happened to be your enemies the best you can hope to do is maintain the status quo.
I urge you to write your Congressman about ending this war and keep in mind when you vote in November where your candidate stands on ending this unwinnable war and saving countless American’s life
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