by John Grooms
On Tuesday the 3,146th day of the war in Afghanistan a large suicide bombing shredded a NATO convoy in Kabul. The attack killed five U.S. soldiers, and raised the total of American dead in that miserable country to 1,000 a grim milestone by any measure. And for what? To continue an obviously failed policy of occupation and surging? To prop up the sleazebag Karzai regime, which is little more than a gang of warlords and heroin traffickers on the CIA payroll with little popular support? To establish U.S. control over oil pipeline routes? Who knows?
One thing Im pretty sure were not fighting, despite Pres. Obama's reasoning about the war, is al-Qaeda, whose attack on the World Trade Center anyone else remember this? was the original reason for invading the country. Our own military leaders admit there are no more than 100 al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan, and you can't tell me that we're unable to work out a deal with the Taliban to keep it that way.
I certainly hope our troops arent over there to make America safer the recent, failed Times Square truck bomb attack by an agent of the Pakistan Taliban shows the fallacy behind that reasoning, and is probably an indicator of other attacks to come.
The Obama administration barely even noted the 1,000-deaths milestone, not wanting to draw attention, I suppose, to the growing toll of what has now become Obamas War. (Not that the Bush administration would have reacted to the 1,000th death any differently, but how reassuring is that?)
In the meantime, Congress is set to approve another $59 billion emergency bill to finance the Afghan war, while they just can't seem to find funds to deal with the major problems of poverty, a crumbling infrastructure, and social corrosion in the U.S.
And, just thought youd like to know, it was announced this week that the Taliban in Afghanistan made $150 million from the countrys opium crop last year, which amounted to 4 percent of that nations gross domestic product.