Never mind that the American people have had enough of 14-year war in Afghanistan.
That concern is moot after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani trip to Washington, D.C., his meeting with President Barack Obama followed by a handshake and a commitment for the U.S. to maintain 9,800 troops in that war zone instead of the number being pulled down to 5,000 by the end of this year. The new commitment is to help Afghan security forces maintain control and for the fledgling democracy to finally take root.
But 2,215 Americans have died in Afghanistan trying to fight the terrorism that spawned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in which passenger jets were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania, killing about 3,000 people. The war in Afghanistan already is the longest in U.S. history, and now with troop pullout extended to 2016, it will be even longer.
And don’t forget the U.S. also is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in air campaigns, keeping American deeply embedded in the Middle East conflicts. Peace, somehow, needs to be given a chance.