Longtime voracious consumers of the Sonic Charmer ouevre know that my official position is that “The Iraq War” (tm/2003) concluded in 2004 with the capture of Saddam Hussein. I haven’t taken a particular interest in our troop presence there since then, except to the extent that I found it necessary and entertaining to make fun of all the people who were continually whining about it (when the President still had an (R) after his name).
Meanwhile, my only real position on the Afghanistan mission was that it took us waaay too long (following 9/11) to initiate it, and that I would have preferred a declaration of war. After we invaded, I haven’t really paid much attention. But I do know that the troop presence has been nine years and counting.
Anyway, the only reason I haven’t written this before is that it hasn’t occurred to me, since these places haven’t been much in the news, but: it’s become obvious to me that the troop presences in those places are serving no actual purpose at this point, and meanwhile, we are in a recession and clearly have budget problems in our future one way or another, and so, if it were up to me I would cease all military operations and presences in both Afghanistan and Iraq and eliminate all related budgetary items.
Have a nice day.
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