Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Osama is dead. So's Saddam. The debt of 9/11 has been paid in blood. Vengence is sated.
The neocons got us into the business of nation building, and while that may be a noble sentiment, it's a spectacular failure in Afghanistan. It's a lesser failure in Iraq, no doubt made worse by the inepness of the current administration, but a failure it is nonetheless. There seems to be no stomach in any political party for doing what it would take to actually succeed.
And so leaving the troops in harms way to die is criminal.It is in fact sickeningly cynical.
It's been said for some time by the military that America isn't at war, America's military is at war. America is at the Mall. I would add that out political class is fiddling while our soldiers die, more worried about scoring political points or covering their butts than about the losses.
More than 10,000 Americans are dead in 9/11 and its aftermath. Enough is enough. Bring 'em home. And next time, our strategy should be more rubble, less trouble.