Monday, May 6, 2013


Seven U.S. troops were killed in two separate attacks on Saturday in Afghanistan, but few people
seemed to notice or even care, for that matter. There were too many other things to worry about
I guess, like the impact of Jason Collins coming out of the closet or Tim Tebow being handed the pink slip by the New York Jets. Perhaps, people were just fixated on the Jodi Arias trial. I watched
the report of the troops killed on the evening news and said to myself, "It's sad. These kids
make the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and nobody outside of their family and friends, bats
an eye lash at news like this anymore."

Oh, if you're an avid reader, you may have caught the story of how much it costs the Pentagon
to keep the prison at Guantanamo Bay open. $150 million! That's right, there are 166 foreign
terrorists in our base in Cuba to waterboard and interrogate, but the price of doing it is extremely
high. Try just over $903,000 for each prisoner. That's INSANE!

We have troops who come back from years of fighting for the United States that need
disability benefits and treatment from post traumatic stress disorder and our government pretty
much says, "Thanks for your service, now be on your way." Yet, it pays almost a million dollars
to detain some dirt bags who wanted to blow up everything in our country. Incredible, truly incredible.

If you ask  1000 Americans why we're still fighting in Afghanistan, 90 percent of them will
say, "I have no idea." The other 10 percent will ask, "We are?" Yes, blood is still being shed
in a place people have trouble spelling, much less finding on a map. Since 2001, more than
3,000 troops have lost their lives fighting the fight against Al-Qaeda and terrorism. Are we
winning? Does anybody really know? Does anybody really even care? I think many people
lost interest years ago and spent more time worrying about Tiger Woods' illegal drop than
our troops gets blown up by IED's.

The Obama administration said it wants to be completely out of Afghanistan by sometime in
2014. That's right, Al-Qaeda, get ready, because we're getting out of dodge next year, so start
making your plans now for the big going away party. Great. And the U.S government is expected
to pay the Afghans billions to rent out 3-4 bases on their soil until all our business is finished. Billions.

Can't we use that money to protect our borders and improve communications between the
FBI and CIA? What good are they if  Tamerlan Tsarnaev is on the terror watch list and they
don't watch him when he's back from Russia and in our country? All that "intelligence" and
nobody can keep track on a 26-year dude who wanted to blow up all of Boston and New York

Man, we killed Bin Laden and many of his high-ranking lieutenants already. Can't we pull all
the troops out Afghanistan now and do a better job of keep terrorists out of this country from
this end? Can't we keep more blood from being shed and lives from being lost?

This war has gone on like a rain-delayed NASCAR event: far too long. And when troops are
being killed, it's, unfortunately, a lot like those races are to most people in this country: they
just  don't seem to care. It's sad, but it's the truth.

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