I was planning to write a letter to the editor that would be uplifting, but today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune (Monday, Dec. 10) headline sent me crashing down. It read: "U.S. lied about Afghanistan war, secret reports say."
While I suspected that (especially after the fiasco of the second Iraq War in 2003), now there was legitimate reason to acknowledge that we have been lied to all along. What other lies have we been told on Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, North Korea and a host of other countries?
We as citizens of the United States cannot allow these lies to continue because it is costing us the lives of our military personnel and the bankruptcy our national treasury. We have "invested" almost $1 trillion on Afghanistan with little to show for it except death and destruction.
Military leaders are standing up to say that a military solution in Afghanistan is not possible, nor has it ever been possible. Douglas Lute, a White House three-star general and Afghan czar for the Bush and Obama administrations, said in 2015 that they had no clue as to what the mission was. Others have now come forward to say the same, notably Major Danny Sjursen who spoke at Peacestock last July and had a commentary in the Republican Eagle.
President George H.W. Bush said right after our crushing victory over Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War that the America's Vietnam syndrome had been laid to rest once and for all.
Has it really? We were lied to about Vietnam, then Iraq and now Afghanistan. On these pages over the years I have written many times about the costs of war as being so destructive to our economic and social fabric and now we find that it is over a series of outright lies. When are we going to rise up and say "No More!"?
When I was in Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office in Minneapolis today I told her aides that today's headline demands a legislative commission to investigate who is lying and why are they lying. It is not the whistleblowers who are lying but yet they are the ones being persecuted. The truth must come forth if we are to survive as a nation.
What we should all want for Christmas is peace and justice but don't expect Santa Claus to help because it is up to each and every one of us to do our duty and hold government officials accountable.