The Watering Hole: Thursday, October 7, 2010 – Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Today marks the 9-year Anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Has it really been that long? It seems like only yesterday Bush announced we were invading Afghanistan to capture Bin Laden because he was responsible for 9/11.

But Bush didn’t capture Bin Laden. Bush didn’t even allow a criminal investigation into the events of 9/11. (Congress’ investigation was limited to the supposed failures of intelligence.) Bush didn’t seek extradition. He invaded a sovereign nation to capture one criminal suspect. He toppled a country’s government and instilled a puppet ruler. He didn’t get Bin Laden, but he did get an oil pipeline contract for a U.S. company.

Over 1,300 U.S. service men and women died in the effort to capture this one suspect. Thousands of Afghanistani children, men and women have also been killed in the conflict.

Obama may have had no choice but to continue the conflict in the short run. But he did and does have a choice whether or not to investigate the rationale behind the invasion. His failure to do so may be the biggest failure of his presidency.

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