Darren Richardson

Nov. 17, 2009

As President Obama considers sending additional American troops to Afghanistan, some perspective on the conflict is in order.

On Feb. 22, 2010, the war in Afghanistan will surpass the American Revolution in length. As of Nov. 17, 2009, The Revolutionary War is the second longest war in American history. The war in Vietnam is the longest.

What, exactly, is the mission in Afghanistan? If there is a clearly defined mission, would adding more troops help the United States achieve it? What do we gain in terms of national security by staying in Afghanistan? Conversely, is our national security in any way threatened by increasing our presence there? Has an exit strategy been devised? Will the veterans of this war, and the war in Iraq, receive the funding and care they deserve once they return from battle?

There may not be any easy answers, but to not ask the questions is inexcusable. There is too much at stake, on a geopolitical level, for the people of Afghanistan and for U.S. military personnel and their families. With that in mind, The Punditty Project presents the following information for public reflection. Please see the note at the end of this report about how you can help the Disabled American Veterans.

American Revolution, selected timeline:

April 19, 1775 – First shots fired in the American Revolution in the battles of Lexington and Concord, Mass.

Oct. 19, 1781 – British Gen. Charles Corwallis dispatches representatives to surrender to Gen. GeorgeGeorge Washington at Yorktown, Va., marking the culmination of major land battles in the revolution.

Sept. 3, 1783 – Treaty of Paris signed between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the United States of America, formally ending the Revolutionary War.

April 19, 1775 through Sept. 3, 1783 = Eight years, four months and 15 days

War in Afghanistan, selected timeline:

Oct. 7, 2001 - U.S. forces strike Kandahar, Afghanistan, and other targets in the country at the outset of Operation Enduring FreedomFreedom.

July 2008 - For the first time since the United States invaded Iraq in March of 2003, monthly U.S. troop fatalities in Afghanistan (20) outnumber troop fatalities in Iraq (13).

Nov. 17, 2009 - 290 confirmed U.S. military deaths in 2009, at least 840 confirmed dead over the course of the war.


Feb. 22, 2010 – The war in Afghanistan will surpass the American Revolutionary War in length.


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