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(JollofNews)- The United States must consider Afghanistan the center of a generation-long fight against extremism with no definition of ‘victory.’ That’s what “experts” Michael O’Hanlon and David Petraeus argue in a recent article in the USA Today network.

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. one must take the profit out of war. A $54 billion increase in the Pentagon budget will not help America win wars. It will help America get deeper into wars which will bring increased threats to her national security.

There is no winning in Afghanistan. The country has never been conquered since the time of Alexander the Great. I truly feel sorry for the American Armed Forces that will have to endure more lost comrades until a clear exit strategy is created. And until they do they US government had better make more room in Arlington.

Robert McNamara, the brilliant Secretary of defense for Presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, helped lead America into Vietnam. McNamara believed that the fight against communism in Asia was worth sacrificing American lives, and yet he eventually came to believe that America had stumbled into a war – in which it had lost over 58,000 men and women – that was, in fact, unnecessary and unwinnable. The lessons of Vietnam were forgotten.

“We have to start winning wars again,” President Donald Trump told the nation’s governors yesterday. No, President Trump, America must stop military interventionism. The wars you win are the ones you don’t start. President Trump you said, “America spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas when we should have been spending it here at home, to create jobs and rebuild infrastructure, for example”.

America haven’t won any war since World War II. President Lyndon B. Johnson didn’t fight to win in Vietnam. Eisenhower didn’t fight to win in Korea, George H. Bush Sr. didn’t fight to win in Kuwait, George W. Bush Jr. and Barack Obama didn’t fight to win in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Americans are tired of seeing their brave men and women go into battle with their hands tied behind their backs by the lily-livered politicians who can’t stand the sight of blood. Don’t send them at all. Don’t be a bull in a china shop.

According to reports, the long-term cost of US interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and elsewhere may reach $6 trillion when everything is totaled. US deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan approach 7,000, with tens of thousands permanently injured. Civilian casualties in Iraq alone exceed one million, in Afghanistan over 2000 Americans have died fighting a totally unjustified war.

Iraq, a secular, socialist state, was not involved in 9/11, had no links with the Al-Qaeda. Baghdad presented no clear and present danger to its neighbors, and none to the US or Britain. The truth is that what was at stake was not an imminent military or terrorist threat but the economic imperatives of US growth. Iraq has 112 billion barrels of proven resources, or roughly 11 percent of the world’s proven supply. That is more oil than the resources of Europe and South America put together, and more than Africa and the Asia-Pacific region combined. That oil has global strategic, political and economic significance. The temptation to grab it must have been irresistible.

North Korea has admitted it has nuclear capability but it is not invaded as Iraq was. If Saddam didn’t have oil, he could torture his citizens to his heart’s content. Other leaders in the Islamic world do it every day with the blessings of the United States.

Opposition to the war in the US is growing, although the primary cause for this opposition is that the cost of the war is too great and unacceptable to the American people. It is deplorable, but nonetheless, true, that what has changed public opinion in the US and its domestic political picture, is not the efforts of its intellectuals but rather the Afghans resistance which simply will not yield to American force.

President John Quincy Adam’s caution to America not to go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy or securing American interests has been thrown to the winds. Neither George Washington, nor James Madison nor Thomas Jefferson saw America as the world’s avenging angel. The lesson of history is that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. Now President Trump wants to continue war in Afghanistan their tribal areas. However, it is war, a war it cannot win.

Today nationalism is among the most potent phenomenon of political life in this part of the world. In the past, nationalism had succeeded in disrupting the British, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires.

If the United States persists in waging this totally unnecessary and unjustified war, it would suffer a similar fate. If America wants to make headway against Muslim rage, it will have to relieve the suffering of the Palestinian people. It will have to vacate its aggression in Afghanistan and withdraw its support of tyrannies in the Muslim world