Maginnis: How many more before we bring them home?

Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Soldiers return body of Afghan casualtyA national defense analyst says the Nov. 27 deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, killed by a roadside bomb, are yet another reminder that our country should pull them out and stop shedding U.S. blood.

"I don't see any national interest served by being in Afghanistan with the investment we continue to make," Bob Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army colonel, says of the bombing that took the lives of three Special Operations soldiers in the Ghazni province.

USA Today reports at least 11 U.S. service members have died there this year, with more than 100 dying in 2013 and nearly 500 in 2010.

The war began shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and the number of U.S. deaths is over 2,000 to date with more than 20,000 wounded, USA Today stated. 

Over the weekend, a U.S. Army ranger was killed during a firefight in the Nimruz province.

special ops sniperMaginnis, who studies national security issues for the Family Research Council, says the United States is trying to "remake a 14th century country" into a nation that can survive with neighbors such as China, Iran, and Pakistan. At some point, he says, you have to cut your losses and go home.

"I don't think if we were to stay there a hundred years more that things would necessarily improve in our way of looking at it," he warns. "So I see no national interest served. I've been saying this for many, many years."

President Donald Trump has committed to keeping troops in Afghanistan to support Afghan security forces, and about 15,000 troops are currently in the country, the USA Today story said.

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