People here in the United States are still hyperventilating about a supposed imminent threat of terrorist attack at… any… minute… now… even though no follow-up attack after September 11, 2001 has taken place. We are, because of our homeland insecurity, continuing to pour money and human lives into the long, ongoing failed war in Afghanistan.
As President, Barack Obama isn’t bringing change to this war – just escalation. Over the last couple years we’ve seen what escalation has brought in Afghanistan: The Taliban are getting stronger, the American-installed government is getting weaker, Osama Bin Laden is still walking free, and increasing numbers of civilians, including many children, are getting killed in American attacks.
Just today, Reuters has obtained photographic evidence proving that at least one child was among the dozen civilians killed in a U.S. military attack earlier this week. Last year, civilian deaths in the Afghanistan war rose to a record high.
The American military says that the civilian deaths are an acceptable sacrifice because “militants” are sometimes also killed. With almost eight years to do the job, though, you’d think that the U.S. military would have been able to kill all the militants by now, throwing bombs willy nilly into civilian settlements as it has.
In truth, there’s another kind of math involved. We are making enemies faster than we can kill them.