U.S. Marine Sgt. Bryan Early, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, leads his squad of Marines to the next compound while patrolling in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 19. Early is responsible for planning the squad's patrols, the safety of his Marines, and achieving his commander's intent, before, during, and after an operation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Long)

The deployment of dozens of marines to Afghanistan was announced yesterday evening. Task Force Southwest, based in Helmand Province in Afghanistan requested the increase of troops to provide internal force protection. There are currently 300 marines assigned to that task force with the addition of several more on the way.

While that number may seem arbitrary it begs to ask the question: why? Why is the U.S still in Afghanistan after 16 years? There has been little to cheer about in regards to the progress made in Afghanistan. The original reason for invading was to supposedly take out Osama Bin Laden in response to the 9/11 attacks so why are we still there? Bin Laden is dead so what is the motive now? There is money to be made by some people for the war to continue and that seems to be the only reason the quagmire has persisted for so long.

The U.S is involved in more conflicts than I can remember and now President Trump and the White House are mulling a bombing campaign in the Philippines against ISIS. The American people need to stand up and bring our troops home from these unnecessary wars that have cost nearly $5 trillion since 2001. We don’t have money for health care and education but we have more than enough to fund wars that have accomplished little to nothing. Maybe George Orwell was right when he said “war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.”

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