The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost our nation trillions, as our infrastructure falls apart. No value can be put on blood. Cops, teachers, firefighters, hospital workers are laid off. Schools are closed.
Yet when one of our generals, Peter Fuller, tells the truth about what is going on he gets fired.
Daniel Petraeus and other commanders have known from the start that Pakistan supported the Taliban and Haqqani networks and other insurgents. There are so many groups fighting us the media had to create a new word: militants.
American soldiers and contractors have been killed in Pakistan and Afghanistan with weapons and ammo the U.S. provided Pakistan.
Despite claims by Petraeus and others that we are winning, casualties in Afghanistan are at their highest level ever. During the Vietnam War a more skeptical nation recognized "the five o'clock follies" for what they were.
One famous joke: In 1969 IBM's smartest computer was asked when the war would be over at the current kill rate of Viet Cong and NVA. The answer was 1967.
The only warrior to ever defeat the Afghans was Alexander the Great, and he had to marry one of their princesses to get a deal.
The big difference between Afghanistan and Vietnam is that there are no draftees. Should that justify fighting a war we have no interest in?
Afghan President Hamid Karzai had insulted America on numerous occasions. He made it clear he wanted our military to die before risking killing an Afghan civilian.
When he said Afghanistan would support Pakistan if the U.S. attacked it, Maj. Gen. Fuller said:
“Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You’ve got to be kidding me … I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care’?”
He also said NATO would rather teach Afghans how to fish than buy them fish. But they would prefer to just get more free fish.