By: Ryan Jaroncyk, THL Contributor
A recent Huffington Post article noted that Obama's administration continues to evade a critical question in the Afghanistan War: how much longer will it take?
Defense Secretary, Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen have yet to provide a definitive answer. Gates even went so far as to say that there were "too many variables to predict" and that America's non-military role "probably is a decades-long enterprise." In the meantime, the initial, 21,000 troop surge is nearly complete, and newly appointed General, Stanley McChrystal is about to ask for more.
July and August were the deadliest months for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, 2009 has been the deadliest year since hostilities began in the region, and the widely scattered Taliban are waging massive attacks on our soldiers and vital Afghan targets. Afghanistan, eight years after the U.S. invasion, is still unable to govern itself, secure its own borders, or develop a self-sufficient economy. For all this, Osama bin Laden is still at large- a fact underscored by his recent tape.
Yet, these are the same "fiscal conservatives" chastising Obama and the Democrats for running $1.6 trillion budget deficits, adding trillions more to the national debt, and devaluing the U.S. Dollar. And with these conservatives, there's often very little discussion about the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder epidemic in the U.S. Military, as well as record suicide rates due to long-term deployments.