How Long Should the US Continue to Support Afghanistan?

In 2014, the US is scheduled to stop flying combat missions in Afghanistan. The cessation of combat missions and forces along with the current uncertainty of the America economy is causing a number of Afghanistan’s official to be concerned about continued US aide.

To calm the Afghani fears, the US is in the process of forming a pact with the Afghan government assuring them of continued US aide and support in non-combat roles after the 2014 date. Supposedly, it will only cost the US about $8 billion a year to keep security and training forces stationed in Afghanistan.

America has been fighting in Afghanistan for 10 years and the mission still seems far from being over. If you recall, Russia had fought in Afghanistan for even longer and finally pulled out of the conflict stating it was an un-winnable war.

I have always fully supported our troops and their efforts to fight terrorism and to help free oppressed people. However, there has to come a time when America stops trying to the world’s police force, especially now when our economy can ill afford to continue pumping billions of dollars into other countries.

When compared to our growing debt, $8 billion may seem like a drop in the bucket, but that would go along way in helping many American’s keep their homes, get jobs and feed their families. If it were up to me, I would tell the Afghan and Iraq governments that we have accomplished our missions and it is now up to them to take care of themselves. If and when the US once again becomes a prosperous nation with no national debt and money to spend, then perhaps we will consider helping them, but we first must take care of ourselves here at home.