‘War” did not end for the U.S. in Afghanistan. “Congress shall have Power ... To declare War ...” U.S. Const. Art. I, § 8. The last day the U.S. was in a war was September 2, 1945. After 9/11, a lot of the rest of the World supported the initial responses of the U.S.
U.S. forces hit camps in Afghanistan where terrorists (remember the reasons?) trained for 9/11 & U.S. forces required materiel. Lots (LOT$) of money (pallet$ of bundle$ of C-note$) was lost on mountainsides & in deserts over 20 years. Was our “Land of the Free” protected?
“Around” (individual lives are exact, but counting them is not) 2,500 U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan. Empty your pockets & pass thru a metal detector in Indiana Government Center South to see photos of Hoosiers killed there & what your tax dollars bought.
Numbers for people U.S. forces killed are even less precise. 1) We de-humanize “them”; 2) Body counts, as a stat, are less popular after bad PR from Vietnam; & 3) Drones don’t take that many names (& aren’t very precise). We need to stop this crap. Violence begets violence.
9/11 was carried out by people (15 of 17) who could not speak out against the dictators of their country (Arabia), but could aim jets at us (we keep the dictators in power) in the aftermath of “boots on the ground” camped out in their holy land in 1990.
This country is like a vast sea of junkies, but with war as a fix. If you’re a kid & want education without lifelong debt, join the military. If you want to “feel good” during a sports event, wait for a halftime surprise of a military parent returning (lucky to be alive) on leave.
We need to follow The Constitution & declare war, w/a beginning & an end & a purpose, in the future (if we have a future). & here’s a big question: did all those people die in vain? Here’s another question: which people, ours, theirs, or does it matter?