Today, the 10th year of the Afghanistan War begins.
The longest American war continues amidst a flood of bad news from the war front supply routes cut, oil tankers burning, record deaths of soldiers and Afghan civilians, U.S. funding the Taliban to protect U.S. troops . . . on and on, the war failure stares the United States in the face.
If Obama thinks he is having a hard time with the "enthusiasm gap" in 2010, in 2012 if these wars continue, he will be unable to wake up his anti-war base no matter how much he chides them and tries to scare them with extremist Republicans.
The counterproductive, unnecessary, and damaging Afghanistan war is destroying one of the most impoverished countries in the world, killing Afghan civilians at very high rates and undermining the United States in multiple ways.
The war pushes the U.S. further into debt. The United States spends $1.5 billion per month in borrowed money on the Afghanistan war.
It undermines the rule of law; the U.S. holds thousands of Afghans in prisons without charges. Torture is reported. And robotic drones result in deaths. Legal experts have described these actions as war crimes.
It undermines democracy by propping up a corrupt leader put in office by a low-voter-turnout elections that are rife with fraud.
And it undermines national security by creating more enemies every day--enemies that will hate the United States for a generation or more.