After twenty years of futility and failure in Afghanistan, the naysayers are targeting President Biden for ending a U.S. war that should have ended in 2002. They say nothing about the 2,400 young men and women who have been lost, along with $2 trillion spent. The fact that over 800,000 men and women served in Afghanistan in this “fool’s errand” is missing from their jeremiad, along with the fact that a significant percentage of U.S. troops served five or more tours. U.S. presidents and secretaries of defense played “Russian roulette” with the lives of young combatants who deserved better. More
This content originally appeared on CounterPunch.org and was authored by Melvin Goodman.