Milestone for Afghanistan
This week for the first time, Afghanistan’s armed forces are responsible for the entire country’s security. Foreign troops will give backup and advice.
Remember why the U-S-A and our allies went into Afghanistan nearly 12 years ago?
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack we went to Afghanistan to dismantle Al-Qaeda, which ran training camps in that country. We also wanted to remove the Taliban … a nasty group that controlled 90% of Afghanistan and hosted Al-Qaeda’s leadership.
A majority of Americans favored the mission, and on October 7th, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom was launched.
More than 33-hundred coalition personnel have died in Afghanistan … more than 22-hundred Americans.
My son served a hitch in Afghanistan.
It appears to me that we accomplished our mission. Of course, I would like to have seen it accomplished quicker, with fewer casualties on all sides.
Now it’s up to the Afghan people to decide what kind of nation they want and who will be in charge.
Our thought for today is from Theodore Roosevelt:
“It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance and that in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.”