Should we Stay or Should we Go
"Does war bring out the worst in men, or does the worst in men bring on war?"
The afghanistan war has been going on for ten years, has been over for two, and is the longest war the United States has ever been in. So the question is, "why are we still there?". Out of the many attempts to overthrow this government all have failed, including the French and Soviets. And as the saying goes "History has a way of repeating itself". In this paper I will tell some of the history of the war in Afghanistan, why I believe it is over, and some good things we have done there. I will also inform you on the reasons why we should pull out of Afghanistan.
In the past ten years alone we have spent $400 billion on this war. In 1867 when we bought Alaska it cost the United States $7.2 million. In this day and age that would be roughly $94,608,000. This means that with the money from the war we could have bought alaska 4,227 times, with over $91 million left over.
You may be asking, "Why did we go there in the first place?". The original reasoning for going to Afghanistan was to fight the war on terror. Since 2001, when the first troops landed in Afghanistan we have made Osama Binladen flee the country (so we think), and drastically reduced the threat of terrorists. On top of that we have also helped build schools, shelters, and repair villages. We have even built wells in the middle of towns, where as before the villagers would have had to made a 26 mile round trip to get water. As I said, we accomplished all of this 2 years ago. I believe the reason the United states is still there is because of the crisis we are having at the moment over fossil fuels. According to www.quoteoil.com as of 2005, canada was one of our biggest oil contibuters at approximately 200 million barrels a year. Now in 2009 they are starting to export less and les because they are running out themselves, which has set back the United States a lot. And now in...