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The U.S. and NATO alliance meeting its Waterloo in the hills of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is America’s longest-running conflict. The Afghan and Iraq wars – at a cost of $1 trillion – are being waged on borrowed money when the U.S. is drowning in $13.1 trillion in debt.

The escalating war now costs U.S. taxpayers $17 billion monthly. President Obama’s Afghan “surge” of 30,000 more troops will cost another $30 billion.

Though politicians fear opposing the war lest they be accused of “betraying our soldiers,” dissent is breaking into the open.

Last week, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele let the cat out of the bag, admitting the Afghan war was not winnable. War-loving Republicans erupted in rage, all but accusing Steele of high treason. (Many of Steele’s most hawkish Republican critics had, like Bush and Dick Cheney, dodged real military service during the Vietnam War.) The heretical Republican Steele was speaking truth when he said this ugly, pointless war is unwinnable.

After nine years of war, the immense military might of the U.S., its dragooned NATO allies, and armies of mercenaries have been unable to defeat resistance to western occupation or create a popular, legitimate government in Kabul.

[Eric Margolis writing in the Toronto Sun]

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