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Spending on Afghanistan: Money down the drain

By Ann Telnaes  |  May 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Federal government , Foreign Policy , Obama White House  
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Why does the left always forget the reason we went in to Afganistan? To remind them, it was to overthrow a government which allowed al qaeda to operate. I hope the left remembers al qaeda? They were the ones who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11. On Memorial Day and everyday I remember those who have fought for this Nation to defeat those who would harm America and it's citizens. The left still thinks that you can defeat evil with a higher morality. That is why they ALWAYS fail. God Bless our men and women in uniform. And God Bless their families who await a safe return.

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 30, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

What a quagmire! If we stay we face a drain on our wealth, manpower and stability. If we leave at this moment Osama and the Taliban will return to set up camp, abuse the women, children, men and plot even more attacks on the United States and Europe. Yes GW blew it when he did not capture the crazies at the Tora Bora Mountains and did he commit the proper resources to end the war, but now Obama has to deal with this mess. What is he to do? Pull out and return to pre-911 or finish a thankless intractable situation. Su Tzu once said: Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | May 29, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

A long time ago, a patriot said, "Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute."
Memorial Day approaches - when we remember the people who died in an effort to keep us free - some in WW II - a "good" war - some in 'Nam - where LBJ got us in and then quit.
Ann Telnaes, the situation is SERIOUS, we are having our volunteer solders killed in a conflict that we may not win, AND YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE MONEY ???

Posted by: lmiller328 | May 29, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

So what will we all do about Afganistan ? Or even more properly, what will we all do about Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, or all of the other failed and failing centres of chaos ? Or those parts of Africa, South America or South Asia in the thrall of drug criminals, or the Zurich, London, or Wall Street Banking Gangs or Rupert Murdoch and the Fox Network and the WSJ who all seem to pose as much of a problem to the future of our grandchildren as any of the above ?

Posted by: hamelinfish | May 29, 2010 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dalane27

"Ann. Maybe you could change the caption to: Obama Policies: America Down the Drain?"


Been listening too much to Beck/Limbaugh liars. It was NOT Obama who missed a chance to hit Osama . . . maybe Clinton goofed on that . . . BUT it was George Pompous Bush who LIED us into this situation when he totally ignored the real terrorists and callously threw 4,500+ of our valuable, irreplaceable soldiers' lives away - for his own (he thought) political glory!

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 28, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

For libs it's always potty humor to hide the fact they can't understand the bigger picture, China, Pakistan, India and the use of gun boat diplomacy gun boat diplomacy?

Posted by: carbonhog | May 28, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Ann. Maybe you could change the caption to: Obama Policies: America Down the Drain?

Posted by: dalane27 | May 28, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

ANN---I could really use a facet like that right now. Let's not blame our men and women in uniform who bravely serve in our military for the deployments and actions they are forced to take because of poor political decisions that were made now and in the past. Remember all those who served and sacrificed their lives in wars past and present on Memorial Day.


Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | May 28, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Ann Telnaes is one of the few brave commentators to confront the Neocons about the humongous money drain these endless, counterproductive wars are causing. No wonder our economy is in the dog house.

Posted by: qualquan | May 28, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Sigh . . . sad but classic satire and right on the situation, as usual.

Posted by: lufrank1 | May 28, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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