Between the September 11th attacks and 30 August 2011, more than 2.3 million American military personnel were deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or both. Hundreds of thousands more served rotations in support countries that are not always friendly. If America’s regional posture – training, arms, money and troops – is not making our citizens and our allies safe, it is time to bring the troops home.
It is surely time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan and build a policy for the Middle East/South Asia that does not rely on the fantasy of people with entirely different interests, values and priorities doing what we would have them do. We cannot win their wars, and they certainly don’t seem inclined to fight ours.
Shoshona Bryen details what we have spent to train military personnel throughout the Middle East/South Asia and concludes we have wasted our time and money: