On Monday, President Donald Trump laid out his strategy for the war in Afghanistan going into 2018 and beyond. While reaction to the strategy was somewhat mixed, there was one thing that stuck out: Wait, didn't former President Barack Obama say that we'd be done with this by now?
Why yes, yes he did. Let's take a trip in the way-back machine and look at some now-regrettable tweets, dug up by Fox's Stephen Miller:
As it turns out, neither did President Obama.
Narrator: we did not.
It is August 22, 2017, and the war is still going on.
The war did not end.
I'll let Rose from the movie Titanic loosely sum up how "coming to a close" is going:
The year 2014 came and went and the war is still happening.
The United States invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. To put this into more tangible units, at the time the invasion began, I was in the fifth grade. I have now been out of college with a bachelor's degree longer than I was in college, and I graduated on time without skipping any grades.
More horrifyingly, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) made the observation that people who weren't yet born when the invasion began will be sent to go fight in Afghanistan in just over a year.
This war can't go on forever, and hopefully Trump is able to one day end it, responsibly.