Is Minor Troop Reduction Appropriate Response To Afghanistan?

The war in Afghanistan is the longest war in American history – and one of the costliest, too. American soldiers have been in Afghanistan for a decade. Over a thousand Americans have been killed in the war, and half of a trillion dollars has been spent. Yet, the Taliban remain undefeated, and the American-installed government has instituted Islamic theocratic laws of the same sort that the Taliban themselves became infamous for.

Now, Senator Carl Levin has made news with a demand that the war in Afghanistan be altered. His demand is being described as a dramatic departure from previous Afghanistan policy.

The demand: A reduction of American soldiers in Afghanistan by only 15 percent. “That’s what I think would be considered significant,” Levin said.

With opposition like this, the war in Afghanistan could well continue for another decade.

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