The War in Afghanistan

Why Are We Fighting This War

As a citizen of the United States I strive everyday to understand why we do what we do as a nation.  I listen to all the different view points from the so called experts but still do not understand things such as why we are fighting 2 wars.  I know over the decades some wars were necessary.   In all the available resources about the war no one explains to the general public why our sons and daughters, husbands and wives must go put  themselves in harms way. 

I understand that there are places in the world where the governments treat their own people as though they are animals.  However, the United States of America cannot be expected to tell others how to live.  At some point it has to be up to the people of these countries to stand up and fight for themselves.  I know that we may need to lend a hand in getting the citizens of a place like Afghanistan trained to do battle.  We may even have to assist them for several years.  However, we should not be expected to stay in Afghanistan or any other country for as long as we have been.

I am sure that the generals and other military personnel on the ground know what needs to be done.  I am only interested in why we are there so long.  What exactly determines if a war has been won.  I remember President Bush indicating that the war in Iraq was making progress more than 7 years ago.  We are still there.  I guess this is why I am having such a hard time with the possibility of sending more people to fight the Afghanistan war.  How do you possibly win a war when you are not sure what we are fighting for.  Is the goal to get a new government elected.  If we do is there any reason to think the government will be any better than the old government.  If we are there to kill the Taliban, even if we succeed in this now, there is no guarantee that some other worse coalition will not develope once we are gone. 

I am listing to John McCain as I write this article.  He sounds as though we accomplished something in Iraq.  Now, I am not saying that we did not accomplish something, but if we did accomplish what we set out to do, why are we still there.  He just used the term we suceeded in Iraq but we have a long way to go.. What exactly does this double talk mean to me as an American citizen.

Now we are talking about sending additional troups to Afghanistan.  I commend President Obama for considering this fully and not just sending more of our citizens off to do battle.  I trust his leadership and am not writing this because I support either political party over another in regards to this issue.  I also do not have a family currently serving in the active military service.  I am truly just trying to understand why we are fighting these wars where there does not seem to be a clear definition of what Victory is.


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