Finally, after 11 long and bloody years, it appears as if the war hawks are growing weary of the perpetual war. Even Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said last week: “I think all options ought to be considered, including whether we have to just withdraw early, rather than have a continued bloodletting that won’t succeed.”
This came after House Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman Bill Young (R-Fla.) called for an immediate withdrawal of American forces in the country. Both McCain and Young have long been hawkish on Afghanistan. But the increase in the number of attacks by “friendly” Afghan troops on U.S. and NATO forces have caused them to rethink.
Recent attacks by supposedly friendly Afghans killed six coalition soldiers — including two Americans — and resulted in the destruction of six AV-8B Harrier jets used by U.S. Marines. The jets are no longer in production and are irreplaceable.
When the United States invaded Afghanistan 11 years ago, the goal ostensibly was to remove the Taliban and bring George W. Bush’s form of “justice” to Osama bin Laden, the boogie man blamed for 9/11. The Taliban are no longer in control, bin Laden has been killed several times and there is no other (9/11-related) reason to remain.
Of course, 9/11 is not why we’re still there.