Congressman Tom Rice, in his June 16th letter entitled: “Troops having positive Impact,” thinks matters are going just great in Afghanistan.
He was certainly impressed with the Afghan general he met, who expressed gratitude to American troops for getting shot and blown up instead of his own soldiers, not to mention the assassinations of American soldiers by members of the Afghan army that have been going on for years -- the green on blue attacks.
I can understand why this Afghan general would be grateful since he and other generals and Afghan politicians are now rich beyond their wildest dreams with the millions in cash delivered regularly to them, courtesy of the American taxpayers.
Tom was “shocked” seeing Kabul and all the improvements that American troops have made to this ancient city. He was right to have been shocked because, while enormous quantities of equipment and building material were being shipped to Kabul over the past decade, bridges, roads and other infrastructure here in the United States were decaying.
After 9-11, most Americans, including me, supported the invasion of Afghanistan. We should have grabbed bin Laden and been in and out within six months, but because of the colossal incompetence of the Bush administration, American troops are still being ferried from Afghanistan's Hindu Kush to Landsatuhl Hospital in Germany.
In the past 12 years, more than 2,000 American soldiers have died and many more have suffered debilitating wounds in addition to tens of thousands suffering with PTSD and TBI.
American troops will leave, not soon enough for me, but by the end of next year. When they do, Afghanistan will most likely revert back to the Bronze Age where we found it.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach