638 – Afghanistan War: Obama’s Vietnam – will we ever learn?

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In this June 22, 2006, photo, U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, cajole an Afghan donkey to carry supplies to their mountaintop post in southern Afghanistan. Associated Press

Professor Nake M Kamrany, vietnam veteran news, mack payne

Professor Nake M Kamrany

In this episode we are going to get political with a story from the Huffington Post titled: Afghanistan War: Obama’s Vietnam submitted by Professor Nake M Kamrany, Lauren Deife, and Dimitri Beshkov. Vietnam Veterans know the horror of war and appreciate the fact that war should be the very last option when dealing with world affairs.

The Vietnam war has been studied, analyzed and discussed for many years and it seems like after a while we should get it right but it looks like we as a country continue to step in it when it comes to putting American lives in harm’s way. The featured article was written by Professor Nake M Kamrany who is an Afghan expat. He is an eminent Afghan-American development economist with a great deal of experience in economic development. He is held in high esteem by the international development community, Afghan leaders, scholars, the private sector and intellectuals. He has published more than 20 articles on the political economy of Afghanistan. He is one of the founders of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska. The professor knows what he is talking about when he opines on the policies effects in Afghanistan.

He points out that Barack Obama the man who campaigned as the “peace president” when he ran for office in 2008 has have been engaged in seven wars for a longer duration than any other US president. On May 20, 2016 he along with NATO members agreed to extend military occupation for five additional years which will extend the occupation of Afghanistan to 20 Years.

In the words of Stonewall Jackson of Civil War fame, going to war should be the absolute last option to a country but if it is necessary to go to war the sword should be drawn and the scabbard be thrown away. Let’s hope the leaders of this great nation will learn to use wisdom and discretion when it comes to asking Americans to shed their blood for their country.


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