“I saw it as a vote to manifest my growing impatience,” California Rep. Howard Berman, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told POLITICO. “I just don’t know how long, if it’s not working with Pakistan, how we’re ever going to be successful in Afghanistan.” “I made a conscious shift. This was the first time I had done that.” – House Democrats unite on Afghanistan exit
Seal Team 6 being sent into Pakistan to kill Bin Laden is what our military is tasked to do. Unlike the marketing, I don’t believe the U.S. military has anything to do with “keeping the peace” nor should they. These men and women are lethal weapons for a reason, so I have no problem with sending them in harm’s way for our country’s interests.
It wasn’t until McChrystal imploded in Rolling Stone that I came to the conclusion that Afghanistan was now a losing proposition. When Osama bin Laden was killed this feeling calcified. Not one more soldier should be wounded or killed for the Afghanistan cause.
House Democrats held an important vote, but they’re not willing to stress a withdrawal date. Making an amorphous statement against a war without prodding Pres. Obama means nothing and no one should give them credit because of it.
Watching the PBS Memorial Day special last night all I could think of was how this country values a soldier’s life, including his or her quality of life. I think of the huge financial health care burden this country will face for the thousands of PTSD victims, but also the rehabilitation for traumatic injuries.
We ask our soldiers to fight and die for our country, which they are prepared to do, but after 10 years in Afghanistan we no longer have the right to ask them to die for theirs.
Photo via Rebecca Frankel’s war dogs.