After the recent Afghanistan hospital bombing by U.S. forces, one must wonder why 14 years after 9/11 the U.S. is still meddling in the affairs of other nations? After all nation building is something best left to the U.N., not to the same army that rightfully destroyed the Taliban government over a decade ago.
Since the Afghanistan hospital bombing, Rand Paul has been asking a stupidly simple question that should be on the lips of every American. “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” The people of Afghanistan are no fools, certainly the fact that there is a long line of great nations that have exhausted countless amounts of blood and treasure to try and conquer or maintain order there indicates that the Afghan people are more than capable of fighting, and fighting well.
No, it is time for the good people of Afghanistan to take care of their own self defense. While it is easy to point to tribal squabbling, or corruption, or the strong presence of Taliban, we have to remember that you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Afghanistan has the foundations for a stable system of government, but they have to want it. As harsh as this sounds, you cannot simply force stability on a nation by engaging in constant warfare. The Afghans are noted warriors and fighters, as their culture and recent history both attest to. If they want the Taliban out, they will push them out.
The U.S. admits the hospital was struck by accident, and such are the cruel fates of war, particularly when fighting a cowardly enemy who hides behind the innocent in an effort to create such accidents. But continuing to make war in a nation that won’t step up and take care of itself is no longer our problem.
The Afghanistan hospital bombing underscores Rand Paul’s commitment to leaving U.S. troops at home and ending involvement in foreign affairs that are not our problem. We got our revenge for 9/11, we left the foundations for a stable government, we provided arms and training for their new army. Now we are pouring billions more dollars in a never ending military campaign while Americans still struggle at home with poverty and a savagely damaged criminal justice system. Rand Paul wants to end this ceaseless war, and to stop using America’s military as a global police force. I think we can all agree this is a good thing. What do you think? Have we been in Afghanistan too long? Are 22 innocent lives lost by mistake 22 too many? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman
(Photo courtesy of Fibonacci Blue, Flickr CC BY 2.0)
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