Nearly 16 years ago, our nation suffered its worst terrorist attack, with nearly 3,000 lives being lost in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.
In the decade and a half since, the US has waged war in Afghanistan, with no end in sight. One GOP Congressman has had enough, and is urging his colleagues to put a stop to this insanity.
In March of this year, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced legislation to prohibit any further funding towards our nation’s military excursion in Afghanistan. His bill, HR 1666, states that “no funds may be made available for activities in Afghanistan after the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.”
Though the bill completely flew under the radar this Spring, it is finally gaining exposure on the Internet after Jones was recently interviewed by PJ Media.
“What have we accomplished? We spent over $800 billion dollars. We are very close to $1 trillion in the past 16 years,” Jones told PJ Media.
Jones continued, “More important than the money is young men and women are being killed and wounded and Congress has a constitutional responsibility to debate and vote about sending our young men and women to war, but we don’t do debates like those anymore. Yes, there have been efforts by Democrats and Republicans to put amendments on appropriations bills with money going to Afghanistan, but really no policy debate at all.”
Jones spoke about the dangers of nation building, and provided historical examples of empires crumbling after attempting to do the same.
Jones also questioned, “What’s the definition of victory? After 16 years we have no definition of victory.”
With questions such as these still left unanswered after more than a decade and a half of war in Afghanistan, Jones is right to urge his colleagues to quit wasting money and expending precious lives. It’s time to end the war and bring home the troops.