Ten years ago, the United States invaded Afghanistan, nominally to find Osama bin Laden. Today with bin Laden dead, 150,000 US troops remain occupying the nation, and officials are openly taking about keeping them there for at least another decade.
10 years of occupation has changed many lives, and not for the better. Afghanistan was already among the worst places to live under Taliban rule, but now not only is it bad, it is enormously dangerous place to live with massive death tolls annually.
And billions of dollars spent. Indeed, Swedish diplomat and scholar Ann Wilkens estimated the costs of the US occupation at $12 million per hour. Can the US keep spending this sort of money through 2024?
Ambassador Wilkens doubts it, saying that the US is running out of patience (polls show overwhelming opposition among the American public) and the situation continues to get worse. She urged NATO to stop talking about continuing the war forever and start thinking about what will happen when it ends.
It certainly is difficult to see how the US can possibly afford to continue pouring money into the failed military venture for decades to come. At the same time, there is no indication from the Obama Administration that they’re even considering an alternative.
9 thoughts on “10 Years In: Will Afghan War Ever End?”
"Can the US keep spending this sort of money through 2024?"
This is really the interesting question. Basically China is financing the whole thing at this point by buying US treasuries. The US government is 14.5 trillion in debt. We are the largest debtor nation ever. This is unprecedented in history. I'm not sure why China and other countries would continue to buy US treasuries though or what might cause them to stop.
The British lost an entire army there with just one Medical officer surviving out of that army. The Russians finally gave up. The USA is a slow learner. It's taking us forever to find out it's a bottomless pit for money and resources.
It,s a lesson of the history war is always unjust and killings will not be paid out by God.
The outcome for america will look like that of Russia but will be accompanied by Europe as 40 nations were envolved in this killings.
Pakhtus history is they can,t live with occupiers. If the americans have given or recognised Taleban govt. then they have made slaves to afghans for ever but now they have made them enemy for ever because lieing will never impress human beings.
The question is what americans have achieved by killing 3 million people in Irak and afghanistan and CIA,s role in suicide bombings or co-operation with Raw. Pakistan has lossed 35000 lives and 100 billion dollars loss in the economy but now americans demand further to kill in north Waziristan. It,s easy to sit in drawing room and made the policies but realities on ground are diffrerent.
This is the darkest episode of world history and mankind as we are from the same father and mother i.e. Adam and eve.
Any one actually have any sort of ideas of how to actually solve the problem since in fact the child mortality rate has declined and infrastructure has soared since the invasion.
There is no proof/evidence that the Taliban or OBL had anything to do with 9/11. The US and NATO should just get out NOW and admit it was a terrible mistake.
We should get out.
Will it ever end? Yes, it will. When the Empire falls. Soon now…
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Yes___ No___ After ten years of our troops sacrificing in Afghanistan, we Americans deserve the right to build an Afghan pipeline that will transport a billion barrows of oil from the Caspian Sea down to the emerging markets in India.
It is the ordinary man and woman in the streets of America and Europe who in the end are bearing the brunt for this sensless waste of money and resources. The financial world is in disaray and collapsing. Change has to come from within from ordinary people like you and me. Join the Wall Street protest demonstration !!
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