Thursday Sep 20, 201212:19 PM GMT
McCain calls for Afghanistan withdrawal
Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:16PM
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U.S. troops in a packed aircraft heading to Afghanistan

 

If you live long enough, you’re liable to see anything. Today, we saw Sen. John McCain (R - AZ), who for the past 11 years has been the gold standard of hawkishness on the Afghan occupation, a tireless support of escalation upon escalation, finally raise the prospect of leaving.

 

“I think all options ought to be considered, including whether we have to just withdraw early, rather than have a continued bloodletting that won’t succeed,” McCain said in surprise comments on Wednesday Sep. 19.

 

McCain’s comments reflect a growing weariness of the occupation, particularly as the growing number of green-on-blue attacks force the U.S. to halt the training missions that for the past decade were supposed to be the ticket to victory.

 

Despite McCain’s shift, both President Barack Obama and his opponent in November, Mitt Romney, remain roughly identical in their positions on Afghanistan, which is to stay the course. antiwar.com

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

On October 7, 2001, former President George W. Bush announced the beginning of the war on Afghanistan. It has now become the longest-running war in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight. The Taliban remains in control of major parts of the nation. Peace talks have collapsed. Civilian and troop casualties continue to mount. Democracy Now

 

According to icasualties.org, the total number of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan stands at 2121 since the start of the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2001.

 

According to costofwar.com, taxpayers in the United States have incurred nearly $570 billion as a result of the invasion of Afghanistan.

 

According to Reuters, between 2001 and 2011, U.S military had spent $2.3 trillion to $2.7 trillion on Afghanistan war.

 

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