The worst day ever for the Afghanistan war?
A triple-decker disaster on the Afghanistan front yesterday.
1) Monday, June 7, 2010, marks the day Afghanistan became the longest war America has ever fought (yep, longer than World War II and Vietnam). Victory? Too nebulously defined to even measure. Timeline? None. Future? Bleak.
2) Also on Monday (I wouldn’t assume a coincidence) 10 NATO soldiers — seven of them Americans — were killed in five different attacks. NYT reported it as the “worst single day for the foreign forces operating in Afghanistan in the past seven months.”
3) And, possibly the most shocking and disturbing development, NYT also reported Monday that US taxpayer money appears to be winding up in the hands of Taliban insurgents (the ones whose mission it is to kill Americans and US allies).
My story on that here — it includes responses from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and antiwar activist/filmmaker Robert Greenwald. I’m shocked NYT’s revelation hasn’t sparked more of an outrage, or at the very least a discussion.
Again, all three chunks of news came back to back to back yesterday. Has anyone noticed?
Seems like this country has lost its appetite to seriously think about the war. It’s too depressing. Nor does it have any real appetite to end it. Nor sure where that leaves us.