The Taliban appear to have been responsible for the killing of 38 — mainly Navy Seals — this weekend in taking down a CH-47 Chinook. Our stalwart ally Afghan President Hamid Karzai — who previously expressed a lingering desire to fight with the Taliban — expressed regrets for the deaths.
Once again, I am at a loss to explain why we still losing such wonderful soldiers in Afghanistan to prop up a corrupt and increasing hostile regime. We are fighting Karzai’s civil war while his family and associates continue to steal billions.
Some of the seals came from the famed Seal Team 6. Also killed were seven Afghans and an interpreter.
I continue to struggle with the departure from reason and responsibility in continuing these three wars – particularly as our economy continues to meltdown. The loss of billions, however, is nothing in compared to the loss of these American heroes. While some politicians simply do not see a withdrawal as politically practical, the cost of that political calculation is measured in lives. My opposition to these continuing wars does nothing to reduce my admiration for these men and women in combat. Their loss is unspeakable and unfathomable. Our condolences to these families who gave their sons to this nation.