Afghan war was built on a mountain of lies
Afghan war was built on a mountain of lies says Sojourners Magazine and The Washington Post
“Though the threat of terrorism is very real, and none of us will ever forget where we were on 9/11, the ongoing threat to Americans from terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere has indeed been consistently leveraged to justify massive and endless troop deployments, expenditures, and the deaths of both troops and civilians.
In both the lead up to the Iraq War and the debate when President Obama first took office about what to do regarding the war in Afghanistan, says Jim Wallis of Sojourners.
“When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” By that I meant that for decades, our government — and, if we’re honest, the American people — has had a failure of imagination in addressing threats like terrorism in anything but military terms.
As I said back in January of 2008, “A new foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy addressing global poverty over militarism and endless wars is now urgently needed. We must move beyond a foreign policy that sees war as the only way to confront real evil.”