Ed Stein

Ed Stein
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 22
Former editorial cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Creator of Freshly Squeezed, a comic strip about family togetherness after the economic collapse, syndicated by Universal Uclick


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MARCH 16, 2012 3:39PM

Goodbye and All That

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The longest war in American history is finally coming to its predictable conclusion: like every other invader that has ventured into what is now Afghanistan, from Alexander to the Soviet Union, we leave the place to its people with little accomplished other than a lot of blood shed and a fortune wasted. We came with an uncertain goal and leave it to an uncertain future. Whether the Taliban will regain control after we’re gone in 2013 or 2014, or whether the shaky, corrupt government of Hamid Karzai will somehow hang on, we made few friends and hardly dissuaded our enemies. Perhaps Afghanistan will no longer be a gathering place for this country’s enemies now that Osama bin Laden has been dispatched, and we can go back to blissfully ignoring that benighted backwater. Just as likely, the Taliban will regroup after we’re gone and it and its friends will continue to plot attacks on Americans abroad and at home. Either way, the price in blood and resources was high and the rewards elusive. Not that we’ll have long to dwell on those questions. Next stop, Iran.

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Why oh why did those goofy old men think we could do anything in that country?
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Can you imagine all the things we could have done in this country with the money wasted in that black hole of a country...?!! How much of our budget holes we could have plugged with the money wasted in this useless war...!
Actually the goal of dismembering Al Queda was accomplished years ago. Moving the goal post after the victory was the problem. What a horrible waste of resources and life.
The cartoon is amusing, but as for your musings about the Taliban in the text, I see that as a good reason to stay in Afghanistan.
I think we just had to go into Afghanistan once it was apparent they were housing the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. Getting out was always a going to be a dicey prospect and nowadays we clearly see why. At least most of us. I thought that, per Senator Aiken, we should hav declared victory and brought the boys and girls home a couple of years ago when they had the fixed election. Any flimsy pretext is fine my me, though I see that some fools think that the greater good is best achieved by keep on keeping on.
Ed,this is excellent..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It reminds me of what I live..Thank you for sharing.Best regards..