Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for January 11, 2014

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    BE THIS GUY  about 10 years ago

    Don’t underestimate the American people, GT.

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    JusSayin  about 10 years ago

    Same as the British did for centuries, to control narco-trafficking.

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    billydub  about 10 years ago

    To “control” narco-trafficking… Yes, all too literally.

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    cdward  about 10 years ago

    Does the average GI really know why he or she is there?

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    Willie C  about 10 years ago

    Inertia…excellent answer.

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    denzil42  about 10 years ago

    Better to ask the victim’s families & survivors of 9/11 if those who hosted the planners of that tragedy should be allowed to return to power and resume their agenda.

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    2578275  about 10 years ago

    @gmartin997And it employs many, many more staff of defense contractors. Sort of like the automobile industry. It’s “good” business.

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    hill2209  about 10 years ago

    We’re there to keep the military-industrial complex humming and to provide very realistic training for combat troops. Otherwise, why negotiate with Karzai to keep troops there after this year? Ever notice that these little wars never end and that the U.S. always seems to be involved in at least one of them? If we stopped spending trillions on these escapades, we would still have problems, but they wouldn’t be about money.

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    Liam Astle Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Why don’t you ask the President.

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    Squoop  about 10 years ago

    Try the “influence” of the companies of the military industrial complex.

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    goweeder  about 10 years ago

    “Quite simple. It keeps 50,000 people employed who otherwise would be unemployed.”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That very thought has occurred to me – pretty often — especially when the talking heads refer to ‘homeless veterans.’Imagine how the ‘jobless’ numbers would rise if we brought them all home. How many would find jobsin today’s economy?Can you imagine? the consequences of ending the war would be calamitous!A perfect example of being ‘between a rock and a hard place.’

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    puddleglum1066  about 10 years ago

    Military spending is the only form of Keynesian economic stimulation that both parties can agree on. The beauty of the “volunteer” military and deficit financing of war is that the great majority of the public has zero skin in this game and so doesn’t seem to particularly care about it—at least not as much as they care about playing iPhone games…

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    patiodragon  about 10 years ago

    “To “control” narco-trafficking… Yes, all too literally.”

    I cam down here to say that…

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    Eggman61  about 10 years ago

    I assumed it was rhetoric question.

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    susan.e.a.c  about 10 years ago

    Trudeau is right, feminists in America care as much about women in Afghanistan as they care about worms in Thailand.

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    Aslan Balaur  about 10 years ago

    Why do we have troops anywhere overseas? To protect the income of military industrialists, or as they USED to be called, war profiteers. And by extension, the income of CONgresspeople.

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    John Leonard Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Because we don’t know how to bring them back?

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    ceylondiver  about 10 years ago

    Why are we still in Afghanistan?… I always assumed there was some frivolous reason like, say…keeping girls and women from being tortured or murdered for going to school or work or for showing their faces in public…? In other words, everything these two characters take for granted in their day-to-day lives. You’d think they’d at least acknowledge this at some point; maybe tomorrow. (?)

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    montessoriteacher  about 10 years ago

    “why are we still in Afgahanistan?…”Lots of countries do lots of bad things. This doesn’t mean we can solve all of those issues by having boots on the ground.

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    montessoriteacher  about 10 years ago

    Well, I wouldn’t say Pakistan is our closest ally, but I take your point otherwise, Garfield.

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    moosemin  about 10 years ago

    Afghanistan has some of the largest, untapped oil fields known.

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    DavyG  about 10 years ago

    Then there was Captain Penny on channel 5, Cleveland: You can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool Mom.

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  24. Cathy aack Premium Member about 10 years ago

    They’re still there because there aren’t any jobs for them if we bring them home. Military pay isn’t great but it does provide a place to live and food on the table — which is more than WalMart does. Minimum wage jobs used to be for teenagers still living at home — now their parents are trying to raise families and get them through school on those jobs. Somehow we just can’t convince Congress that they need to work on putting this country back to work — probably because there is too much money going to them to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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    route66paul  about 10 years ago

    9/11 was a tragedy, done by religious extremists, not another nation. We need to send in Seals and other forces(the same way that Israel does). Fighting 2 expensive wars was done to boost the money and knowledge that the military contractors have. Rebuilding those countries will just keep that money rolling into their coffers. Come to think of it, it is slightly better than making huge multinational corporations rich(the ones that pull the puppet strings in DC and in NATO countries, that are to good to claim a flag – they are bigger than that)

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