We need to get our brave men and women out of Afghanistan. Certainly, I support the war against terror, but if the American government actually believes we can win the hearts and minds of the Muslim people, they are sadly mistaken. These people do not long for freedom as you and I know it, but instead they want an Islamic caliphate. That is exactly what will be the result of the Arab Spring -- more and more nations resembling Iran.
I used to be a huge supporter of our war efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan until I invested an enormous amount of time learning about the violent, intolerant teachings of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. We are sacrificing the lives of too many Americans for a hopeless cause. Get our troops out of these nations and concentrate instead on bombing raids on terrorist strongholds. They must be defeated, but not with ground forces.
Wait and see, the huge efforts we have spent training Iraqi and Afghan military and police forces will be turned against us before too long. How our enemies must laugh at our stupidity!'
Read about another example of America's insanity in the war against terror in Afghanistan, via Jihad Watch:
"U.S. money is Taliban's second highest source of revenue, after opium
"Nation-building hasn't exactly worked out, unless Western powers were actually trying to build a kleptocracy.
Neither opium nor the American taxpayer should be a source of income for the Taliban. In the case of the opium trade, which was instrumental in funding the Taliban's resurgence, Western governments looked the other way from opium production for fear of 'radicalizing' the locals. Once again, whichever way one's foreign policy tries to buy love, the chase after 'hearts and minds' costs lives.
More heartwarming news in the long-term debt crisis, and more on this story. 'U.S. money is Taliban's No. 2 revenue source,' by David Martin for CBS News, August 31:
(CBS News) 'It's no secret that war is expensive, but a report out Wednesday says the U.S. has wasted billions in Iraq and Afghanistan. More tax dollars will go down the drain unless the government makes big changes.
CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that in ten years of war, the U.S. has paid contractors $206 billion to do everything from building schools to guarding diplomats.
Today, a blue ribbon commission put a number on how much has been lost not to violence but to mismanagement and corruption.
Commission on Wartime Contracting Chairman Christopher Shays says: "We are wasting between $30 and $60 billion during the course of our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Shays says $30 billion in waste can be documented; Everything from leasing four-wheel vehicles at "grossly exorbitant rates" of about $40,000 a year, to a $124 million prison renovation that was never finished. The larger $60 billion figure includes an estimate of how much money lined the pockets of corrupt officials and even the enemy.
The commission was told that except for the opium harvest, U.S. contracts were the Taliban's biggest source of funds. A separate investigation estimated $360 million has ended up in the hands of the taliban.. [sic]
The sheer volume of spending -- as many as 260,000 contractors on the payroll at any one time -- amid the chaos of war was simply too much for the U.S. to manage.
A $60 million project to distribute seeds and fertilizer to Afghan farmers became a $360 million cash for work program "paying villages for what they used to do voluntarily." The commission also warned of massive new waste. For instance, there is a planned $82 million Afghan defense university that the government of Afghanistan cannot afford to keep up.'
For that matter, what did they wind up growing?
'"What is the point of spending hundreds of millions on projects that will then fall into disuse?" asks commission member Dov Zakheim.
The commission warned that, without a major overhaul of wartime contracting, we can
expect more of the same as the wars drag on.'"