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Has anyone else noticed that we are pulling out of Iraq? The correct answer is, of course, people have. That was one of Barack Obama’s most important campaign promises. Here is my problem, while we are pulling out of Iraq, all we seem to be doing is driving 1500 miles across Iran into Afghanistan.

Of course, Iran would never let us drive through their territory, but the principle remains the same; are we not just going from one country to another? Recent opinion polls conducted by CNN have shown the 63 percent of Americans are unhappy with the war in Afghanistan. There has been an American presence in Afghanistan for a long time, but when have we ever declared a war on Afghanistan; especially since the Obama administration deemed the phrase “War on Terror” inaccurate and not concurrent with America’s current goals?

Barack Obama’s explanation on whitehouse.gov for our current occupancy on Afghanistan is, “So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future. That’s the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just.”

Yes, disrupting terror and helping innocent civilians is always a good thing, but seriously, when did it become our right to police the world? Our founding fathers never included in the Constitution, “We shall enter another country with our militaries and create our idea of peace.”

I am from Texas and I always appreciate a good fight, but seriously, why are we still in the Middle East? If you had asked me nine years ago when this war started if I approved, I would absolutely have said yes. But now, I really feel like we are accomplishing nothing.

American soldiers are dying and the terrorists continue to return after nine years of fighting. I know plenty of families who have sons and daughters fighing in Iraq and putting their life on the line for a cause that seems hopeless.

So I end this blog with a question, what do you think? Should we still be in the Middle East? Should we be fighting an enemy that doesn’t go away? Should we still be spending billions of dollars on a war that we have already deemed a lost cause? My opinion is no. What’s yours?

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