Sunday, September 03, 2006
Why We're Losing the War on Terror
In Salon's Table Talk, "borregopass" spells it out:
No one tells the truth about Afghanistan. We lost the war there and the war on Terror as well the moment we took millions in briefcases to the warlords and didn't take millions to Home Depot. Woulda Coulda Shoulda, but we should have had trucks of reconstruction material waiting to go into Afghanistan once we stopped carpet bombing, along with troops to oversee the security of the rebuilding effort. We should have been rebuilding roads and working to make Afghanistan the garden spot of the Mideast once again. America working side by side with the farmers and the people of Afghanistan to make it better then it had been in decades. Driving out the warlords as well as the Taliban should have been on our list. It might have been a hard sell to America who wanted blood, but devoting a small percentage of the troops to tracking Bin Laden and the majority to a secure and healthy Afghanistan could have been done. And in the war on Terror we would have scored a major victory by doing more for the people of Afghanistan then had been done by Bin Laden. Our goal everywhere we went should have been to make things better. Not for American businesses or the military but for the people who live there, the peasants, the peons, the workers, the farmers. Better infrastructure, better education, better futures should be what is thought of when people see Americans come into their home. We've failed.
--some guy, 9/21/06
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