To the Editor:
It hurts my heart to see the pictures of desperate Afghani people rushing to the airport in the capital city of Kabul with hopes of leaving their country.
It angers me that the Afghani president and his administration fled his country and the entire Afghani armed forces gave up and quit. It angers me that seven of our presidents have been involved with what happened in Afghanistan, starting with President Reagan.
In case we forget, it was under his administration that the United States armed the Taliban — remember Ollie North, Charlie Wilson’s War? Then it was G.W. Bush who on Oct. 7, 2001 announced that our armed forces were on the ground in Afghanistan because the country was harboring the al-Qaida terrorists who attacked our country on Sept. 11, 2001.
Since Reagan, Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden, our country has spent over 2 trillion dollars in trying to make Afghanistan a democracy. Taxpayer money was given to defense contractors under the guise of “spreading democracy” and “liberating the oppressed”, instead of being kept in America used to improve American lives.
Too many of our politicians were bought off enough by these defense contractors and the military complex to keep supporting this war.
I have been waiting for one of our presidents to say “Enough” and President Biden did just that. Yes, he is being criticized for ending the 20+ year war the way he did, but know this, many of the critics are individuals who wanted to nation build and keep the military industrial complex rolling in tax payer’s money.
Also know that some of the people who are crying about the slowness of the evacuation of our Afghan allies are the same ones who voted just last month against giving more visas to them while continuing to support former president Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
Also know that now we have politicians beginning to cry out against the proposal of bringing any Afghani refugees into our country. Afghani people have a saying that goes like this: “Americans have watches, we have time.” I thank President Biden for looking at the watch of time and saying “No more!”
— Carol Cate