When I began this blog, I made a habit of regularly posting the count of years and days we’d been in Afghanistan. At first, I posted every day. Soon it was every week, then every two . . . the last time was August 31.
But today I must, because today is the first day of the tenth year of the War in Afghanistan.
- US dead: 1800
- US wounded: 18,000
- Direct war fighting dollars spent by US: $461 billion
- The Taliban are back.
- Afghanistan remains splintered.
- President Karzai is openly corrupt, and
- he is derisively called the “Mayor of Kabul” and people are tyring to kill him
This war should have been over in a year or two. It would have been had someone not had a yen for Iraq. Now we have no idea what we’re doing there and we can’t identify a way out. And when we do get out? Tragically, Afghanistan will revert back to what it’s been for a thousand years, confirming yet again that it is “the graveyard of Empires”.
Has a president ever left a bigger mess behind than George Bush did?