The war in Afghanistan is the longest war in American history.
The fight has been going on since the fall of 2001 and has cost the U.S. an estimated $1 trillion dollars, as well as the lives of 2,400 American soldiers.
The New York Times recently referred to it as the “Never-Ending War in Afghanistan,” and most Americans have no idea of why we have been fighting there for 16 years.
The Taliban seems as strong today as it was when the war started. The country’s standard of living has barely changed in spite of the massive amount of U.S. money that has flowed into the country. The government is corrupt, and the people wish we were not there.
Just recently, the Army announced that it is sending an additional 4,000 troops to join the 8,500 service personnel already there.
This is a much smaller deployment that the 100,000 troops that were there under President Obama, but to many, it still seems like an exercise in futility. If the war in Afghanistan has not been won in the past 16 years, it seems unlikely to be won in the next year with additional troops.
Meanwhile, the American public continues to spend money on a war in a country that most have long forgotten about. Afghanistan has been referred to as the “Graveyard of Empires, ” and the U.S. needs to be sure it does not join that failed group.