The invasion of Afghanistan has never made Americans any safer.
As with the Iraq war, the Congress and the White House cruelly exploited our anger and fear over the 9-11 attacks, and took violent action overseas that didn’t catch the planners of 9-11 and hasn’t made us any safer.
There were no Iraqis, no Afghanis, and no Taliban on any of the 9-11 flights. There were none involved in the planning — which took place in Hamburg, Germany, not Afghanistan. Thanks to our corrupt Congress, most of the US troops who volunteered to fight didn’t know this when they risked their lives. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, one of the most relentless advocates of Middle East wars and war spending in the US Senate, has been a leader in this negligence and deception.
The Taliban government of Afghanistan had no foreknowledge of the 9-11 attacks; condemned them immediately; and offered to help prosecute Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan or in a third country if there was evidence he had a role.
The US president rejected the Taliban’s offer and attacked, answering “There’s no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty.”
Almost a decade later — after countless thousands of Afghanis and Americans had died in the longest war in US history, with still no charge or indictment showing evidence of a bin Laden role the 9-11 attacks — bin Laden was located. In a different country.
This has been cruelest to the 9-11 families, and to US soldiers who risked their lives – believing war in Iraq and Afghanistan would bring the perpetrators of 9-11 to justice. Instead, bin Laden got just what he said he wanted: a US nearly bankrupted by Middle East wars costing over a trillion dollars. Over the past decade, this unaccountable US Congress has achieved bin Laden’s dream.
We need an honest new group of representatives and leaders who can say, “Maybe refusing to cooperate wasn’t the fastest way to catch bin Laden. Maybe trying him in a third country in 2001 wasn’t such a terrible idea. And actually, when we’re not distracted by Terror, Americans think asking for the evidence is a good idea. Probably bombing Afghani civilians and raiding their homes hasn’t helped the cause of justice. Probably we’d all be safer if our soldiers went back to our own country.”
A cease fire and pull out from Afghanistan in 2013 can save thousand of lives, millions of needless injuries, and trillions of dollars. We need those brave Americans and all that money back in the USA doing something much more worthwhile.
It all starts with replacing the advocates of these needless wars. Let’s replace Senator Dianne Feinstein with a new California Senator who didn’t help start the Afghanistan war and is ready to end it.