Sunday, June 18, 2017

Today commemorates Father's Day.

This is what happens when a Republican President wants to look presidential; he expands a stupid war that is never going to end. This is not a war the USA needs to fight. It is a regional war that can only be settled when the people reject the Taliban.

Today, there are many children in the USA that do not have a father for Father's Day. When are the conflicts going to end? Don't we have enough dead service men after nearly two decades of chasing the Taliban? We can now add dead Navy sailors to those numbers. When does it get to be enough of a sacrifice for the people of the USA?

June 18, 2017
By Charlie May

In a war (click here) that has now seen its third president, the Pentagon plans to send nearly 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post.

The news comes as President Donald Trump recently gave Secretary of Defense James Mattis the authority to establish troop levels and as concerns have come from “the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan that he doesn’t have enough forces to help Afghanistan’s army against a resurgent Taliban insurgency,” according to the Post. Trump has not spoken to or met with Iraq or Afghanistan commander once.

Most of the troops will help train or advise Afghan forces, while a smaller number of troops will be dedicated to “counterterror operations against the Taliban and IS,” according to the Post....

There is nothing presidential about escalating the conflict in Afghanistan. In my opinion, Mattis is sending more troops because of Russia, not the Taliban. Never give a general carte blanche to do as he wishes. Never. 

I WANT TO KNOW THE STRATEGY OF RETURNING SOLDIERS TO AFGHANISTAN, another surge? If the first one didn't work why should this one?

THE AFGHANISTAN WAR HAS GONE ON A GENERATION ALREADY. An entire generation in the USA has known war and Osama bin Laden is dead.

"The True Cost of the Afghanistan War" (click here)

According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report published in October 2007, the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost taxpayers a total of $2.4 trillion by 2017 when counting the huge interest costs because combat is being financed with borrowed money.

The USA Deaths in Afghanistan are 2399. (click here)

The Summer Solstice is later this week, so maybe I'll continue the discussion of the Kyoto Protocol then. 

Good night.