Memorial Day: Susan Stamper Brown Says Don’t Forget Afghanistan Veterans

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment patrol the streets of Marjah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 17, 2010.  DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien, U.S. Navy.  (Released)
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment patrol the streets of Marjah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 17, 2010. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin S. O’Brien, U.S. Navy. (Released)

I had to shut down my computer the other day after reading about all the brave soldiers who’ve joined the ranks of the “forever young” in Afghanistan. It’s been a long 15 years.

War is not for the fainthearted, or the impatient. I am guilty on both counts, but I am not alone in my feelings as I come to understand the cost of war extends far beyond America’s diminishing treasure.

With scant media reports about the positive impacts of our presence in Afghanistan and a Commander-in-Chief who checked out before he took office, it’s easy to mistake Afghanistan as a total loss. A cursory glance projects a dysfunctional nation infested with godless, faceless, soulless lunatics who will stop at nothing to “kill all infidels.”

And it is also easy to politicize a war. Those who encouraged us to “cut and run” revealed their own cowardice and will forever bear the guilt associated with the loss of untold innocent lives. But those who invested their blood and treasure can glory in and take credit for the good. You gave Afghanis hope, before Democrats took it away.

As reported in The American Interest, “Obama’s Failed Legacy in Afghanistan”: “The Democratic Party solidly opposed the surge and supported the deadline. In September 2009, 62 percent of Democrats opposed Obama’s impending surge decision, and 63 percent of Republicans supported it … The war in Afghanistan was never as politically unpopular as the war in Iraq … until the President started to telegraph his disbelief in the mission.”

In February 2009, 70 percent believed Afghanistan would fall to the Taliban in the U.S. military withdrawal. The public was right, Democrats were wrong and Afghanis will pay the price.

Reuters reports that senior Red Cross official, Jean-Nicolas Marti, begs that the world not forget Afghanistan. “The international community must keep their attention on Afghanistan,” said Marti, “it’s far from being over. It’s not time to switch off.” He anticipates the already deteriorated security situation and violence will only get worse.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Susan Stamper Brown resides in Alaska and writes about culture, politics and current events. Her columns are syndicated by CagleCartoons.com. Contact her by Facebook or at writestamper@gmail.com.