Does the U.S. Military Know What It’s Doing in Afghanistan?

The Contrary Perspective


By Daniel N. White.  Introduction by William Astore.

The current count of American service members killed in the Afghan War stands at 2245.  What did they die for?  For most Americans the answer remains unclear.  Also unclear is why, nearly twelve years into this war, the U.S. military continues to maintain a large (and expensive) presence in Afghanistan.  According to General Joseph Dunford Jr., the current commander of international security forces in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda is a “shell of its former self, with only about 75 members in Afghanistan, and most of them too busy trying to stay alive to plan attacks in the West.”  Yet despite the seemingly good news, Dunford argued that American combat forces would need to stay long after the planned U.S. withdrawal in 2014 to keep “Al Qaeda on the margins.”

Do we really need to sustain a major U.S. military…

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I'm Tanya and I'm a 2015 journalism school graduate from SUNY Purchase College. I blog on a wide variety of issues: women's rights, racism, the American justice system, activism, the environment, etc. Knowledge truly is power, so my goal is to empower people to create change in society.

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