Afghanistan

I have traveled to central Asia, to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Krygyzstan and Turkmenistan and have viewed Afghanistan from the border. The countries are rugged and beautiful. The people are tribal, Indo European in origin and friendly. I loved visiting there, to the historic cities along the Silk Road, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Almaty. I live on a remote ranch in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town is Barksdale, 20 miles distant, and a small unincorporated settlement of about 80 people. A young man from Barksdale recently returned from military service in Afghanistan. He is a sniper and on patrol his best friend lost two legs to an IED, another was blown to bits and another killed. He is suffering from three concussions and of course post traumatic stress. What in the world are we doing over there? At one time we had near 150,000 young Americans in Afghanistan. How can America have the misguided impression that we can conquer or save that country? No one ever has. The British were defeated, the Russians were destroyed and even Alexander the Great couldn’t win. Instead our military personnel are being blown to bits and coming home with injuries that may not be fixable and that impact families for life. I believe in following the money trail. Afghanistan is about money, not about saving the citizens from the Taliban. The mineral resources of Afghanistan are the cause of the war. How terrible is that, to sacrifice lives for greed and power. Let the politicians send their sons and daughters over there. It is not a war we can win. Rather let us help our own. There is plenty to do in America. We need fixing.