War In Afghanistan

October 8, 2013 by  

War In Afghanistan, Monday was the 12th anniversary of the beginning of the United States’s war in Afghanistan. Very few people noticed. It was on October 7, 2001, not even a month after 9/11 attacks, that the first bombs were dropped, launching an overseas endeavor that America is still trying to remove itself from.

When the President decided to ask Congress for permission to strike Syria this year, the American people spoke up. The country was “war weary,” some said. The administration promised there would be no “boots on the ground” in Syria, only coordinated air strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s army. Still, the people did not want to drag the U.S. into another prolonged conflict. Time was still needed to heal after the deep financial, physical and emotional costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Huffington Post looked at the numbers inflicted by Afghanistan alone:

In the past 12 years, at least 2,146 members of the U.S. military have died while serving in Afghanistan. This figure includes four American soldiers who were killed by an IED explosion in the south of the country on Sunday.

A recent study found that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will end up costing taxpayers between $4 trillion to $6 trillion. Unsurprisingly, most Americans think their tax dollars have been wasted.

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