Fareed Zakaria spoke today on his CNN show about the Afghanistan War, which began on October 7, 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
We still have more than 8,000 troops engaged in a war that never has really ended, and it is the longest war in American history.
About $800 billion has been spent fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda, but one cannot say that the war has been won, or will ever be won.
2,249 Americans have paid the ultimate price, in a quagmire that is unwinnable with troops, by any sensible measure of success.
The Soviet Union collapsed by 1991, partly due to the invasion of Afghanistan that went on from December 1979 February 1989.
The British tried to gain control of Afghanistan as part of the British Empire and failed, and the same for Alexander the Great in ancient times.
The loss of life and treasure is enough, and the US should stop their ground war in Afghanistan, and utilize drones as the only worthwhile investment, since the government of Afghanistan is hopelessly corrupt and unable to win the war, with no one really knowing what “winning” means in any case!
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, was on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS today, and was asked, as part of the interview, his feelings about the final four contenders for the GOP Presidential nomination.
His response, in one paragraph, was absolutely priceless, the best characterization yet heard about them.
Rick Santorum—sounds like a medieval Savonarola, referring to medieval Catholic monk Girolamo Savonarola, who lived in Florence, Italy, and condemned what he considered immoral art, promoted book burning, and attacked the Catholic Church leadership and the Pope for being corrupt and immoral. For a while, he ran a personal theocracy in Florence, but was then excommunicated, tortured and executed by order of Church authorities.
Mitt Romney—spends his time explaining why some of his wealth is in the Cayman Islands, rather than in American banks.
Ron Paul—wants to take America back to the 1780s and the Founding Fathers.
Newt Gingrich—using his credentials as a repudiated Speaker of the House (by his own party) to claim he should be President.
Brzezinski said all four are embarrassing as candidates for the Presidency, and progressives will certainly agree with this assessment!