A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

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  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 15, 2018 1:21 p.m.

    Just think . . . If GW Bush had simply done his job, the twin towers would still be standing, and we never would have invaded Iraq.

    Face it folks: When Republican win, America loses.

    That's why Putin helps Republicans win elections here.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    March 12, 2018 4:21 p.m.

    My 1980's & 90's military training taught that wars declared on entities are winnable but wars declared on ideas can neither be won or lost because you can't eliminate a concept, be it a war on poverty, drugs, or a tactic like blitzkrieg. That philosophy went out the window when President Bush declared war on terror.

    Politicians like to declare war on ideas because it gives them a "blank check" without having to declare a concrete objective. Hence we moved the focus from Afghanistan to Iraq as part of the “war on terror”. Had the Nation “focused like a laser” on Afghanistan the war would have been done long ago, with a similar presence to the one we maintain in Kuwait.

    And Iraq? With a National focus on Afghanistan, we wouldn’t have spent our lives and treasure in Iraq only to hand the non-Kurdish portion of the country over to Iran… It's personally sad, astounding, and stupid.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    March 12, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

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    I'll give you the objective -- $2.2 Trillion "industrial military complex" profit, objective.

    Wars are no longer about war and peace,
    right or wrong,
    good or evil,
    but are about FOR-profits....

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    March 12, 2018 6:35 a.m.

    John...... we stay so that we don't provide safe sanctuary to terrorist, like those that plotted 9/11 and then then taliban government would do nothing to prevent them from doing like acts again.

    At sometime regardless of nationality or religion, you can't just stand by and turn your back on the slaughter of the innocent - though we do have a history of doing just that.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2018 10:13 p.m.

    We should reflect on whether it is time to get out. What are we accomplishing? What might we accomplish if we stay? How much is it currently costing? We should ask the questions and decide if we should stay.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    March 11, 2018 7:59 p.m.

    Trump rightly called out Obama for not having a definitive plan for Afghanistan. In Iraq the Obama administration decided that they needed to make the Iraqi forces the spearhead of the fight against ISIS. It took nearly two years for Iraq to build up military forces trained well enough to take on the fight - but in the end - they did - and the tribesmen learned to respect and fear the new Iraqi military. It again was painful to watch and wait, but ultimately was the right decision.

    In Afghanistan no like policy seemed coalesced. And the Trump administration is having its own issues trying to come together with a strategy there, Pakistan, and Syria. Lines have been drawn, and crossed, with little action. Chemical weapons are still being used - and we do nothing. The region has proven to be a challenge even for the master negotiator.....