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writing for godot


Written by johnescher   
Saturday, 21 November 2020 08:37

The last words of Richard Holbrooke (to his doctors):  "You've got to get us out of Afghanistan."

Any sober contemplation of America's longest war, in Afghanistan, immediately raises the suggestion of a lobotomy for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, all Clintons and Trumps except for Mary and her aunt.

Lobotomies of course are no better an idea for anybody than endless war but something still needs to be done to these people, who in some cases were stupid and ignorant, in others just ignorant in making countless innocents die, pay and both.

For all the horrors Russia committed in Afghanistan, it got out clean which made it a hundred times smarter than the United States.  It left soldiers with no nice way to return to Russia unless they enjoyed hiking-- that wasn't cool but at least the situation was clear:  "It's over.  Everybody go home."

The 10,000 troops that soon-to-be-ex-president Donald Trump wants to leave in Afghanistan are as Mark Shields points out "too few to fight and too many to die."

President-elect Biden frequently speaks of the need "to protect our troops."  Clearly, the best way to do that is to bring them home and keep them at home.

Shields states in his ArcaMax article that the Afghan war has violated everything in the American principles of war and "shame on us."


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