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Title: 18-Year Old US Soldiers Now Entering Afghanistan 18 Years After War Began
Source: Zero Hedge
URL Source: https://www.zerohedge.com/political ... istan-18-years-after-war-began
Published: Oct 9, 2019
Author: TYler Durden
Post Date: 2019-10-10 13:15:33 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 437
Comments: 11

This week America's longest war in Afghanistan turned eighteen, and so did its youngest solder. To mark the occasion, ABC News profiled the US occupation's newest American member: "Pvt. Hunter Nines is about to join a war nearly as old as he is," the report said.

Reflecting on his first impending deployment with the Army Pvt. Nines said, "I didn't have a lot of thoughts on Afghanistan in particular." He was but 7 months when the war began with the arrival of US troops on Oct. 7, 2001 following the 9/11 attacks. "I honestly just had the notion of I wanted to serve, and wherever that is, that's where I'll go."

Army Pvt. Hunter Nines, via ABC News.

Over the span of the now eighteen-year long war, an estimated 775,000 American troops have served at least one tour in the historically war-racked central Asian country, in a region which everyone from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan to the British Empire had trouble subduing, as all were ultimately unsuccessful.

Very soon, the US will begin sending young service personnel who hadn't even been born at the time of the start of Bush's so-called 'war on terror'. As this stunning line from the report emphasizes:

Department of Defense statistics reflect the increasing shift in demographics of service members such as Nines who were babies or not even yet born on Sept. 11, 2001, which led to what's become America's longest war.

By the numbers, there are 15,364 active-duty enlisted Army members who are 18, and among these 1,052 of whom were born after the 9/11 attacks, reported ABC.

And the much smaller (by total numbers), more elite branch, the Marine Corps, has 28,048 active-duty personnel aged 17 to 19.

It appears that Trump as Commander-In-Chief had this tragic reality of the country's longest running quagmire in mind when he tweeted early this week, specifically in response to the unfolding crisis in Syria, that "it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”

To be expected, the DC beltway blob had a collective conniption fit this week at the mere suggestion of a US troop exit from the Middle East.

To see inside the warped worldview of 'official Washington' it's enough to recall this 2014 Washington Post op-ed (no, not The Onion) which argued, "War may be the worst way imaginable to create peaceful societies but it is pretty much the only way."

Assuming the 'deep state' continues to have its way, we can expect many more 18-year olds to be sent to distant lands the American military machine has been active in since before they were born. (2 images)

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I agree that the US has had too many foreign deployments, and troops scattered all over !!

I agree that it is waaaay past time to bring them home, and deploy them on the southern border.

When oh when are we going to withdraw from Korea, Afghanistan, and Europe.

Why are we still there ???

We have expended too much US blood & treasure in foreign lands !!!!

It is past time to come home !!!!

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

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Stoner  posted on  2019-10-10   13:33:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

I only hope that 18 years from now, we can still support our troops when the grandchildren of the original Af-Pak invasion force start to enter combat status in Af-Pak.

Intergenerational military service in Af-Pak can become an American military family tradition, like the grandsons (and great-grandsons) of the original B-52 pilots, still flying those old planes from the late Fifties.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-10-10   13:45:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Criminal enterprise and arrangement.

Heartbreaking statistics.

President Trump: "It is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home.”

Who can rationally and logically dismiss the President's statement?

Liberator  posted on  2019-10-10   15:16:53 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Stoner (#1)

When oh when are we going to withdraw from Korea, Afghanistan, and Europe.

Why are we still there ???

+1000

And for that matter, why are we still a member of the UN? And why are we its sugar daddy? It's been a corrupt, useless, subversive org since Day One.

Liberator  posted on  2019-10-10   15:19:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#0)

To be expected, the DC beltway blob had a collective conniption fit this week at the mere suggestion of a US troop exit from the Middle East.

Which is directly related to those very people either making money from lobbying for some defense-related firm,or connected to a politician who gets campaign funds from the defense industry.

It's all about da Benjamin's.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-10-10   18:44:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Liberator (#3)

Who can rationally and logically dismiss the President's statement?

Dims,RINO's,and Bible-thumpers who hate him because he keeps divorcing and then marrying younger woman.

Besides,his feet stink and he doan love Hay-zus!

Don't even ASK about "Bi-zus".

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-10-10   18:47:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Liberator (#4)

" why are we still a member of the UN? "

Damn good question !!

We should have withdrawn from it years ago, then booted them out of the US.

Then confiscated the building and put it to some other use.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

"No one ever rescues an old dog. They lay in a cage until they die. PLEASE save one. None of us wants to die cold and alone... --Dennis Olson "

People that say money can't buy you happiness, have never paid an adoption fee

Stoner  posted on  2019-10-11   9:01:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Stoner (#7)

We should have withdrawn from it years ago, then booted them out of the US.

We can still dream.

Btw, did you hear the latest? The UN is claiming they are broke and need MORE money. Trump has told them to pound salt and seek cash from OTHER members. X-D

Liberator  posted on  2019-10-11   11:56:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: sneakypete (#6)

("Who can rationally and logically dismiss the President's statement?")

Dims,RINO's,and Bible-thumpers who hate him because he keeps divorcing and then marrying younger woman.

Two out of Three ain't bad.

(*I'm* a "Bible Thumper" and I agree with Trump on pulling out 110%.)

Don't even ASK about "Bi-zus".

Who??

Liberator  posted on  2019-10-11   11:58:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: sneakypete (#5)

It's all about da Benjamin's.

Yup.

The ol' Military-Industrial-DC Complex.

Liberator  posted on  2019-10-11   11:59:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Liberator (#9)

Don't even ASK about "Bi-zus".

Who??

HAH! I wrote that yesterday and you expect me to still remember it today?

You do know I have chemo-brain,right?

I am GUESSING I was referring to the "Gay Jesus" so loved by Christian denizens of the left coast,but it's just a guess.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-10-12   14:41:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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