With an approval rating of 37%,there are calls to end the war in Afghanistan coming from every direction. Here’s some more reasons to do so:
Leadership is in disarray, some claiming that the U.S. is in the middle of a military quagmire (now the longest war in U.S. history) and failing to weaken terrorist networks. “‘Even Afghans are confused by Afghanistan,’ [McChrystal] says. But even if he somehow manages to succeed, after years of bloody fighting with Afghan kids who pose no threat to the U.S. homeland, the war will do little to shut down Al Qaeda, which has shifted its operations to Pakistan.” Read full Rolling Stone article.
Taxpayer money ending up in the hands of the Taliban.
ABC: “U.S. Paying Taliban For Safe Passage Of Supply Trucks! 3000 USD Per Truck!”
ABC: “US Military Helping Afghan Farmers Grow Opium Poppies!” this not only supports the drug trade, but also ultimately provides more money to the Taliban).
Ron Paul: “I remain skeptical that as foreign occupiers we can ever impose Western-style democracy on another country.” The RS article quoted above also notes that Karzai, the would-be new ‘democratic’ leader of Afghanistan, is reluctant if not outright avoiding this potential position—not to mention the fact his credentials are shady at best.
Kucinich to Congress: “Bring Our Troops Home, End the War, Secure Our Economy.” Last but not least, we can’t afford it.