This is a comment by The Wet One on the post “West Point Debates War in Light of Failures in Iraq and Afghanistan“.
At least the thinking end of the military recognizes some of the waste of blood and treasure that the political leadership of America called for in 2001 to this day. Sadly, the new political leadership wasn’t able to pull the U.S. out of the wars as fast as one might have liked. But it does show that the military’s thinking parts can see that some costly military action was entirely a waste.
Osama Bin Laden was always the enemy. What on earth Saddam Hussein had to do with anything is completely beyond me. Wasn’t one invasion enough?
I guess Bush needed to kill more brown people to get payback for 9/11 or maybe it was something about his daddy … I suppose history will decide.
Thankfully, the American people got their heads screwed on straight and threw out the idiots who got these wars going.
To this day, I thank the leaders of my country (Jean Chretien) for not getting us involved in our noble ally’s Iraq debacle. We were in Afghanistan too long in my view, but at least that war made some kind of sense, even though after Tora Bora, like as not, Osama was cooling his heels in Pakistan orchestrating the quagmire in Afghanistan into which we (being NATO) unthinkingly walked into, giving rise to nearly a decade of bloodshed and wasted treasure (including a nice slice of the current U.S. federal debt).
So it goes…
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