I just read that 3 more American servicemen were killed in Afghanistan this week. That makes seven this month. I have no idea how many Afghans were killed lately. I’m not sure anyone even keeps count.
There are over 60,000 American troops deployed in Afghanistan today, down from the peak of over 100,000 in 2011-12, but still nearly triple the number who were there when President Obama took office. There are also over 108,000 taxpayer-funded quasi-military private contractors in Afghanistan. That number continues to grow.
This month marks the 12th anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan. It is the longest-running war in American history.
Many of the American soldiers now in Afghanistan were only 6 or 7 years old at the time of the 9/11 attacks. As were their Afghan counterparts.
70% of the population of Afghanistan is under 30 years old.
They have never known a time of peace.