One of the most unconscionably stupid justifications I have ever heard for the U.S. continuing the futile war in Afghanistan was recently given by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
When asked why we should not immediately end our military expedition into that medieval Asian backwater, Panetta told a congressional committee that to do so would dishonor the thousands of U.S. troops who have lost their lives in that war.
The U.S. must have victory in Afghanistan, Panetta says, otherwise how do we explain to the families of those killed that their loved ones died in vain?
I don’t know, how did we explain it to the families of the 50,000 American troops killed in Vietnam?
Following Panetta’s ludicrous logic, more American troops must be killed or maimed so the families of those already killed or maimed don’t feel embittered and disillusioned.