The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be
submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of
issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and
defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these
editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and
to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not
represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student
Withdrawing all troops from the Middle East, not in our best interest
were 32,000 U.S. military personnel wounded, 100,000 Iraqi civilian
deaths, 4,480 U.S. military personnel deaths and 806 billion dollars
spent on war efforts in Iraq from early 2003 up until 2011 in just 8
short years. This is why withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan right
now is not in The United States’ best interest. The United States is
pumping millions of dollars into their war efforts in trying to get rid
of the taliban.
look at what happened in Iraq and try to learn from our mistakes. After
leaving Iraq, the presence of al-Qaida was just as great as when we
first arrived. When the United States and other Coalition forces left
Iraq, the cities which we once had control of were soon retaken by
al-Qaida. Ramadi and Fallujah are two examples, both cities in which the
United States had many casualties.
The United States has put too
much money and manpower into Afghanistan to just pull out. I believe the
United States should continue training Afghanistan forces and
rebuilding the government so that when we do pull out, the country is
ready to face different challenges on its own. As of right now,
Afghanistan is dependant upon the United States and the other Allies,
they are not quite ready to be on their own.
We wouldn’t want to
waste all the money, time and manpower we have already put into
Afghanistan to just pull out and have the entire country fall under the
harsh rule of the taliban like what happened in Iraq with al-Qaida. The
United States needs to set its priorities, it should not be to just go
into a country, to fight its wars. It should be about protecting the
rights of individuals such as women and children in those countries.
While also keeping the fight in preventing terrorism.
States should stay in the Middle East to continue the war on terrorism
and protect the rights of individuals who protect themselves in the