Above is a picture of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alfonso Gonzales, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment as he walks through an allyway in Methar Lam, Afghanistan. He is looking for signs of sickness or disease. His clothing is patterned with Marpat, a modern form of military camouflage.
June 7, 2010 marked the 104th month of military engagement in Afghanistan, making it the longest war in U. S. history. The war began October 7, 2001 in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. The stated aim of the invasion was to find Osama Bin Laden and other high ranking Al Qaeda members, to destroy the whole organization of Al Qaeda, and to remove the whole organization of the Taliban which gave safe haven to Al Qaeda.
On December 1, 2009 President Obama announced he would increase the number of troops there by 30,000 over a 6 month period. He proposed to begin withdrawal of troops 18 months from that date. Let's pray that he sticks to that plan and strategy.
It is time to end America's presence in Afghanistan except for a small presence necessary to continue a covert search for Bin Laden and other high ranking members of Al Qaeda. We cannot persist in occupying all nations which are a perceived threat to the world. We must engage diplomatically, then maintain strong intelligence, reasonable covert operations, and embargo if necessary. Bring the troops home.