It was eight years ago today that the United States began its invasion of Afghanistan. At the time titled “Operation Infinite Justice,” the war, later rebranded as “Operation Enduring Freedom” has certainly been enduring, and many fear it will end up infinite.
But after eight full years of occupation, the exit strategy remains as elusive as ever, and chaplains are cautioning that the troops on the ground, 68,000 strong, are growing increasingly disillusioned with risking their lives in what is seen to be a futile and endless war.
It doesn't take long for these soldiers, no matter how loyal they are both to the US and their military service, to realize that that we are absolutely on the wrong side of history with this war.
There were two objectives here; one was to "pacify" Afghanistan to the degree that pipelines could be placed to control Eurasian oil, and to protect and encourage the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize which of the two objectives has come to pass, 8 years on.