It was often said, in the early shadows of 9/11, that America had lost her innocence that day. I understand the point, but I suggest it’s a bit imprecise; America lost a great deal that day, to be sure, but innocence? I don’t think so. Our Country is no stranger to heartache and bloodshed.
In the run up to Bush’s election in 2000, there was no small amount of talk about becoming a bit more isolationist. Bush would have been the first to admit he’d have rather STOPPED fighting bad guys on foreign soil (think Clinton and Yugoslavia et. al.). In fact, he talked quite a bit in the early days of his new Presidency about spending American treasure on the economy that magically tanked after election day (internet bubble) and looking inward to address the Nation’s ills. That all went away the following September.
So, we went to Afghanistan and turned the place upside down – ran off the Government that aided and abetted the deaths of thousands of innocents who had previously had no bone to pick with Osama Bin Laden or his personal vendetta against the infidel – and set up shop trying to get some normal people in positions of power in order that no more terrorism breeding would occur. Mission accomplished? Sorta.
Then, we went after a bad guy in an entirely different place because we believed (rightly or wrongly is long past relevant) he was also breeding terrorism and committing mass murder against his own people. We turned THAT place upside down too, and now… for better or worse… there are “normal” people in positions of power there in order that there be no more breeding of terrorism. Mission accomplished? Sorta.
But, in light of the death of Bin Laden (allegedly), it seems to me at least that we have now gotten what we were after…the man’s head[sic] on a platter. And since we have what we came for, don’t we all think it’s time to pack up now, come back home, and get back to what Bush was trying to suggest 10 years ago? I think so.
So does the Muslim Brotherhood…and I completely agree with their assessment:
“With Bin Laden’s death, one of the reasons for which violence has been practiced in the world has been removed,” Essam al-Erian, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s governing body, told Reuters.
“It is time for Obama to pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq and end the occupation of U.S. and Western forces around the world that have for so long harmed Muslim countries,” he said.
“The revolutions taking place across the Middle East are proof that democracy has a home in the Middle East and we do not need foreign occupation any more,” Erian said.
Yep – I agree.
We’ve lost a lot of lives and spent a ton of money. And, while we HAVE – for good or ill – gotten the guy that picked this fight, it would appear there are no more points left to make or to prove. We’re done. Let’s pack up our Soldiers and their equipment and what’s left of our treasure over there in Afghanistan and Iraq, and head home. Let’s do it before Obama’s continued mismanagement of these two wars (and the new one he started for FAR less worthy reasons than the two Bush started) kills any more poorly-led and terribly under-appreciated Men and Women.
Bring. Them. Home. Now.