And on Saturday of last week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a frequent guest in the U.S. of Congress and of President George W. Bush, and whose country the U.S. took back from the Taliban, announced that should the U.S. engage in military conflicts with Pakistan, his government would side with the Pakistanis. This would mean that over 100,000 U.S. troops would be kicked out of Afghanistan and we would lose all our military hardware; or we would need to fight against the forces of the country we have supposedly liberated, and whose military we have trained, and which we have occupied for ten years. This war in Afghanistan has been the longest in U.S. history. It has cost us 2700 lives, 3400 injured; produced 3.5 million refugees; and because the U.S. government doesn't break these numbers down for us to see, consumed part of the trillion dollars we have spent in fighting these two useless wars in the Middle East.
Your government has few lasting friendships, but many lasting interests. After all this death and injury and after hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage we are repairing, we are still saddled with a trillion dollar cost because we borrowed the money to pay for these wars and have yet to pay it back. We are leaving Iraq; and Afghanistan wants us out; and the new government in Libya has announced that it will enact Sharia Law, which means polygamy and the stoning of women who disobey their husbands.
Are we more free or safer from all this? Of course not. We are less free because an entire generation of Middle Easterners has come of age resenting and hating the U.S. government, and an entire generation of Americans has come of age saddled with an additional trillion dollars in government debt. Without learning from history, we will be less safe. In Vietnam, we lost 50,000 troops, and we lost the war. Did we learn the lessons of our failures in Vietnam? NO. In Afghanistan in the 1980s, the Russians lost over 100,000 troops, and lost their war. Did we learn the lessons of the Russians' failures in Afghanistan? NO. Is it any wonder we have an economy that is collapsing here at home and young people demonstrating in the streets and the most unsettled time in America in the past 80 years? NO.
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