War in Afghanistan: 10 years later
Longest running war in U.S. history
Updated: Friday, 07 Oct 2011, 11:58 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 07 Oct 2011, 11:27 PM EDT
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Friday marked ten years since the day U.S. boots hit Afghan soil.
It's a war that some say we can't win. But it's the same war that others say we can't quit.
A rocket attack in Eastern Afghanistan Friday was a stark reminder of the danger for American troops there, after ten years of war.
As the fighting rages on, the question remains- are we safer now because of it?
"That's hard to say," answered Westfield resident Kevin Mullen. "I mean, if we didn't do anything I think we'd be worse off. I mean you've got to try to keep these people at bay that are trying to hurt us."
Springfield resident David Murray thinks the nation is more secure today because of the war. "I do, and I also think we should stay the course because we don't want to let down our guard on anything that's happened. Especially after 9/11."
Nearly 1,800 American service members have been killed since the first shots of Operation Enduring Freedom were fired. More than 14,000 have been wounded. As for monetary costs, $450 billion dollars and climbing... some of the reasons nearly 60% of Americans say it's time to cut our losses, according to a Quinnipiac Poll.
"I actually think it's time for us to leave," said Lorelei Phillips of Agawam. "I think we've done as much good as we can possibly can do over there and I think it's time for us to come home."
That local teevee newscast rocks.... Wonder what they are saying on the national news? Heh.
Did you catch that?
1800 US soldiers DEAD, thousands wounded, no count on the Afghani civilian losses because, well, they are brown people, and hell we have football, we have drones, we have a kickass President who is not afraid order the killing of US citizens who fuck up, and you see, we have to keep ourselves number 1 safe and by 2014 the HIR will be fully kicking ass, the rich fucks who fund campaigns will be happy, and then we can maybe win elections and keep our economy strong for at least a few...
Today in DC hundreds marched to call for an end to the failed occupations.... that have been going on for TEN FUCKING YEARS.
But hey, here at DailyKos, we have Cain in Florida, Perry in Texas, Romney on the moon, and other miscellaneous Republican dicks to write about on the front page... You see, we just don't get the clicks we need when we write about these inconvenient Obama wars.....
Sorry, I'm done, now lets get back to talking about Dem races and slamming Republican assholes, shall we?