Why These Veterans Are Demanding an End to War in Afghanistan | NYT Opinion Why These Veterans Are Demanding an End to War in Afghanistan | NYT OpinionWhen I signed up for the Marine Corps, I really believe in the mission. I believe that it was bringing something like democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan, but now I don’t see how you can be a killer. Indian Nation Builder same time, there’s a concept that he kill. The wrong person you just create more insurgents. How do I win the hearts and minds of the local populace by walking around with machine gun in their neighborhood shooting at people? It’S not something that fits every country and it’s an idea that America has never been willing to. Let go Iraq veterans have said quote: the wars were not worth fighting is remarkable because that’s a higher rate than the American people at large who didn’t serve the United States does not possess the capability to ultimately alter Malcolm’s meaningfully in Afghanistan. We’Re not being effectively train. Our leadership has been lying to us. You cannot accomplish with the bad news if we leave this place to go to s*** in a year. If we pull, this place will fall apart very very quickly in terms of our security, you need to maintain a some footprint or some guarantee that they’ll kind of won’t research in the area. New Civil War. That’S going to start. Ok, there is a civil war going on in Afghanistan. Right now does not stop it. We’Re keeping our troops there indefinitely because of this idea that if we leave there’s going to be this vacuum, but it’s ideas really needs to be questioned. That’S really not an ideas! Safety, it’s really keep our troops on the ground, chicken, the Muslims and the brown people of Afghanistan, their browser on The Afghan war, one or two. It’S crucial for Americans to understand that the Taliban is not Al-Qaeda. Where is Al-Qaeda is centered on going to war with United States the Taliban projects that entire idea their concern, make the world Islamic it’s to make Afghanistan and Islamic Emirate kanna-san is used to free Firestone everybody’s, getting shot at the Taliban only area outside all day. We fight back and forth. I remember hearing the first explosion when the first Marine landed on an ID and it seemed entirely meaningless to me. They seem to be no Redemptive, meaning behind this death. It’S on the ground, and I can tell you there was vast areas of the country that we’d even have influence. Now. Imagine the 14000 they’re not protecting anything. There is a war that we spent a trillion dollars on now, it’s a war where thousands of people have died where children are growing up and an olive, a Viber grown-up, and is a war zone. That’S the big lesson. We need to learn diplomacy and targeted. Military deterrence is what will keep you safe, whether we leave tomorrow or the whale Eve 10 years from now? The outcome is the same, which is a brutal Civil War and a half she’s going to follow the Taliban rule again, and women are going to live in in the medieval situation until the Afghan people as a whole come up with an Afghan solution to an Afghan Problem to say we should leave, but the argument that we should stay there because we are protecting with is race is not good enough anymore. Whatever we do is never going to ensure that the most disenfranchised people and Afghanistan are going to be protected, that women are going to have their rights protected. That is a burden that America will have to bear on its sole is the ones who haven’t died. Yet kids are joining the Army today today or born after 9/11 within six months, they’ll be in Afghanistan for now she’s about to be 5 in. I want the war to be over 12 to 15 years from now. I don’t want my kid to die. This Veterans Day, about 200,000 American troops are being deployed abroad. In the Video Op-Ed above, the Eurasia Group Foundation, which seeks to make public debates about United States foreign policy more inclusive, interviewed five veterans from diverse backgrounds who oppose continuing the war. These veterans, who served in Afghanistan or were part of the support apparatus for the Afghan war, say the United States should withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.
Their harrowing stories from the battlefield shed light on what they see as an unwinnable conflict in a foreign land. There is, these veterans say, no point in continuing an 18-year war whose outcome will be the same no matter how many more American troops are killed.
In February, The New York Times editorial board called for an end to the Afghan war, a marked shift from its yearslong policy of support. This summer, a Pew survey found that the majority of Americans — and the majority of veterans — think the war “has not been worth fighting.” The trend in public opinion seems increasingly clear. But American leaders remain reluctant to make major changes.
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