As Americans across the country gathered and prepared to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, 19-year-old Army Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick’s family got the news that their son was killed in Afghanistan. The death of yet another millennial begs the question, what the hell are we doing there and when are leaving?
The Afghan War has produced few victories. Since November 2015, the American-supported Afghani government’s control of the country has been reduced from 72 to 60 percent as of February. Nation building has failed, and there’s mounting evidence that the country has become yet another proxy war between the U.S. and Russia.
China is one of the biggest winners of the entire war. As America borrows money every month to cover our $50 billion annual commitment in Afghanistan, companies like China Metallurgical Group Corp. have made billions buying up copper mines and other natural resources.
American voters have certainly seen the waste, which is why they supported then-candidate Donald Trump — the most anti-war Republican in 2016 not named Rand Paul. Dating back to 2013, Trump has criticized the war stating that we should leave Afghanistan and declare victory.
We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let's get out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2013
President Trump doesn’t seem to have the same beliefs as his former candidate self. He’s willing to drag the war machine on and add 4,000 more American soldiers to defeat the Taliban, which is a goal that 100,000 troops couldn’t do in 2010.
Kirkpatrick is the fourth millennial American to die in Afghanistan this year, Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, Sgt. William M. Bays, 29, and Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, 22, all died in an ambush back on June 10, reported The Washington Post.
The eldest of these four wasn’t even in high school when this war began. Kirkpatrick was just three-years-old when America began a war that would ultimately lead to his death.
Since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, 810 American soldiers have been killed fighting a war with no end. What have we won since then? Afghanistan is a fractured country with an insurgent Taliban force and a central government in such bad shape that Trump placed a travel ban against them.
Pack up and go home. Not one more millennial deserves to die in this endless war.