Stephen Lendman at Vermont Commons hit the nail on the head. I'll give you a hint. It has nothing to do with stopping the Taliban, finding Osama bin Laden, or stabilizing the Afghan régime. It certainly has nothing to do with American national security.
Each soldier will cost the taxpayers an average of $1,000,000 to equip and maintain in Afghanistan. That's $30 billion. Which goes to military suppliers and contractors, Halliburton, Blackwater, etc.
Back in 1932, Gen. Smedley D. Butler told us that war is a racket. Seventy-six years later, it hasn't changed. A most unpleasant truth, especially to the families of those who gave the service their last full measure of devotion -- but a truth nonetheless.
Why aren't we more outraged over this waste of lives and money?