Withdrawal is dishonorable

Now we learn that next summer we will pull our combat troops out of Afghanistan, abandoning a cause we once thought worthy of the lives and blood of those we sent to fight and die. We tied their hands with rules of engagement so restrictive they couldn’t fight and win, and now we leave bloody, tired and without victory.


This is not the first time we’ve done this to the American military.

Korea, Vietnam, Somalia and the first war in Iraq are all wars we abandoned without victory, thereby dishonoring the blood, lives and money we spent on them before we lost interest – or lost the guts – to win. In Iraq and Afghanistan we have so far lost nearly 5,000 American lives with nearly 35,000 injured. In Vietnam, we lost more than 58,000 lives and more than 153,000 were injured. No victories in sight.

We already know what will happen when we leave. We’ve seen it before, in Vietnam and elsewhere. Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, will be slaughtered, tortured and persecuted because they worked with us and trusted us to protect them as we promised. We have abandoned them and we abandoned our solemn promises, leaving them now to suffer at the will of Islamist terrorists as they move in to replace our departing soldiers.

We have betrayed the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan just as we betrayed the people of South Vietnam. The ultimate betrayal is, however, what we’ve asked the men and women of the American military to do for us while we repeatedly show them that the causes for which they fought and died weren’t worth winning in the first place.

And now we learn we’ve decided to negotiate with the enemy and perhaps release some of them from Guantanamo Bay to kill more Americans, or to participate in the upcoming genocide.

Tom Taber




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