The United States has been waging war in Afghanistan for 10 years now, and the endgame isn’t even in sight. Last week’s killing of 30 American military personnel, including many in an elite Navy SEALS unit, as well as eight Afghan soldiers, was the deadliest incident of the war yet for the United States.
Withdrawal from Afghanistan can’t come soon enough. Aside from the lives lost — by far the greatest cost — there’s the cost to the U.S. Treasury, which is running on empty. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan together have cost nearly $1 trillion, and can’t continue.
We defeated the Taliban regime very early in the war and have been wasting lives since trying to prop up a corrupt government. We killed bin Laden — and he wasn’t even there, but in Pakistan. It’s time to declare victory and bring our forces home.