Last night I went to a public policy forum, which was sponsored by the Democratic Club of Chambersburg, concerning Afghanistan and I would like to share with you some thoughts I have on this subject.
The speaker at the forum was Colonel James A. Helis (U. S. Army Retired), chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College in (nearby) Carlisle, Pennsylvania (I'm not sure why the "War" College has not yet been renamed the "Peacekeeping" College).
As you can well imagine, Col. Helis—who seemed like a very intelligent and goodhearted man—accomplished exactly what he set out to do: assure taxpaying American citizens that 1) the War on Terror makes us safer and 2) that the U. S. can win the war in Afghanistan.
Both of these "truths" are lies.
The so-called War on Terror is not making us safer—it is actually putting the American people in greater jeopardy. The U. S. / NATO offensive in Afghanistan, which borders Iran, is threatening to our enemies: Russia, China, and Iran; and these enemies are not afraid of us. Our involvement in Afghanistan in particular and the Middle East in general (in the name of the War on Terror) puts the very safety and security of all U. S. citizens at risk of annihilation by our enemies due to the very high potentiality for the entire region to explode into a very real World War III scenario.
As for achieving our military objectives in Afghanistan (e.g., stability, security, economic development, and crushing al Qaeda), anyone who can see the situation clearly knows that this can never be accomplished. A large, bankrupt nation that extends itself (and its troops) half-way around the globe in order to fight against an enemy as nebulous as al Qaeda—at a cost of $1,000,000,000 a day—is engaged in an exercise in futility. The war in Afghanistan cannot (and will not) be won.
Sadly, most of the people attending this forum seemed happy to believe the lies.
And that's what really scares me.