The War on Drugs at 50 Years Old

This year 2021 the War on Drugs turned 50 years old. On June 18, 1971 President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs in response to the rise in drug use in the 1960s. The War on Drugs we were told was going to be “the end all be all” solution to this drug problem in the United States. After half a century how has it worked out?

In short it has clearly not worked. Let me start things off by saying the only true solution to the narcotics problem is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only one who can free the drug addict free. Christian based drug programs such as Teen Challenge, The Dream Center, and others have clearly been much more effective than any Government Response. American Society needs Jesus Christ and need to be saved. Now we can get into the history of this War on Drugs from 1971 to present.

Drug use in the United States reached an all time high in the 1960s as part of the counter culture. LCD, Acid, Marijuana, Heroin, etc. The Richard Nixon Administration decided to respond with a War on Drugs to counter this in 1971. In 1973 the DEA was created to be the main agency for this. The criminal penalties for drug possession increased.

From the 1970s onwards the incarceration rates in the United States increased. The USA has more people locked up in jail than any other country in the “Free World”.

There is some debate that the Nixon Administration had other motives for the war on drugs, to use it as another means to arrest and jail Vietnam War protestors. Since many Vietnam War protestors were doing drugs it would be a convenient way to jail them. The Nixon Administration hated Vietnam War protestors and that is no secret. Many drug using anti-war protestors were jailed during the 1971-1974.

In the 1970s cocaine started also becoming a popular drug and heroin continued on the rise. There is also much to say about allegations that the US Government participated in some heroin trafficking during the Vietnam War.

In the 1980s a new drug crisis came to the United States. The crack-cocaine crisis.

The Crack Epidemic was the worst from 1984-1992. Many Americans got hooked on this cheaper and more addictive drug and died. Many street gangs and drug dealers turned neighborhoods into war zones killing each other. The War on Drugs became bigger. The War on Drugs was a very bipartisan issue during the 1980s and 1990s with both Republicans and Democrats wanting to prove who was more tough on drugs.

It has been argued that the drug busts since the 1980s were more directed at poor people in inner cities while more rich affluent drug users were less likely to get arrested. Criminal sentencing for crack cocaine which is cheaper than powder cocaine was much tougher. One such law that did this was the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 and another in 1988. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Drug_Abuse_Act_of_1986 New mandatory minimum sentences were introduced in 1986 including marijuana. There was also the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 which expanded the use of Forfeiture by Law Enforcement. Forfeiture at times includes the use of seizing property involved in a drug bust, which also includes homes and cars. I will provide another link to read about a more detailed look of the impact of the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1986 https://foundationsoflawandsociety.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/the-anti-drug-abuse-act-of-1986-the-impact-of-mandatory-minimum-sentencing/

The practice of jailing non-violent drug offenders has not helped reduce crime in the United States. Many non-violent drug offenders were locked up in prison with violent felons and after being released from prison came out worse criminals. This has clearly not worked! The Prisons of the United States are overcrowded and it is usually just the small people going to jail. The top drug people are able to evade capture for years.

The war on drugs has also seen much corruption. Many DEA Agents over the decades have become corrupt and began working with drug traffickers and taking bribes. Here is one such story https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/disgraced-dea-agent-sentenced-13-years-corruption-case-79421161

Also 60 Minutes in 1993 did a story about the CIA participating in Cocaine Trafficking which I provide a link to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da3witRQw_M

The US has also tried going after the source of the drugs in countries in South America. One of the earliest missions was Operation Blast Furnace in 1986 in Bolivia 🇧🇴 The US has conducted many missions to destroy drug labs in Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia since the 1980s. Many drug traffickers from Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, etc have been extradited to the US for trial. And yet the drugs keep coming. Drugs labs are quickly replaced after being destroyed. New drug leaders take the place of the arrested ones. In many cases the governments the US says it is working with the combat the drug trade are taking part in the drug trade themselves. Mexico 🇲🇽 is an obvious example. So much of the Mexican Government is extremely corrupt and working with the drug cartels. Honduras 🇭🇳 is another example. So much of the Honduras Government are working in the drug trade and take bribes from cocaine traffickers. Including the President of Honduras himself Juan Orlando Hernandez and his younger brother Tony Hernandez. His younger brother Tony was a congressman in Honduras from 2014-2018 until he was arrested in Miami Florida in 2018 by the DEA bringing in kilos of cocaine into Florida. He is now serving a life sentence in US Prison.

How ironic since the US has had a military presence in Honduras since 1983 including an airbase that is supposedly for the purpose of combatting drug trafficking. The US military says it is training the security forces of Honduras to fight drug trafficking and yet many of the police in Honduras continue working with cocaine traffickers as well as members of the Honduras Government. What difference has the US Military had in stopping drugs in Honduras? Zero difference.

Let’s not forget Panama 🇵🇦 when Military Dictator Manuel Noriega who was once a US Ally later turned enemy had turned Panama into a Narco State in the 1980s.

The US had military bases in Panama from 1914 to 1999. Yet drugs from Colombia were pouring through Panama during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. How could so much drugs come through Panama to the streets of the United States, when the US Military were supposed to be checking every ship going through the Panama Canal and had radar to detect drug planes? It would take another article to write all about that.

The United States after these decades is still the largest consumer of illegal narcotics. Including the ongoing opioid crisis. 50 years later. More and more people, including Republicans are admitting by now the war on drugs has not worked.

There is no solution to stop the production of illegal drugs. It makes too much money, so people will continue to make it as long is their is a demand. This will go on, as well as all other kinds of evil, until the Lord Jesus returns! When He returns to judge the world all evil will be judged on this planet. For the drug addiction problem, as I wrote at the beginning Christianity is the solution to breaking free from drugs.

America’s War on Terror 20 Years Later

America’s War on Terror began in October 2001 one month after the horrific September 11th Attacks which killed 3,000 people and destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. For many the 9/11 Attacks marked a clash of civilizations between the West and the Muslim World. For many Christians and Muslims the 9/11 Attacks and the War on Terror that followed marked a new Holy War between Christianity and Islam.

In another post I mentioned I was 9 when the 9/11 Attacks happened. Growing up in a post 9/11 World as well as a Christian Family, I remember the rise in Anti-Islamic attitudes in the church after the attacks and Christian Television often times talking about a new Holy War between Christianity and Islam. The Islamic Terrorists such as the Al Qaeda were certainly intent on waging a jihad against Christians and Jews and the United States. The War on Terror has been compared to the Crusades of the Medieval Times.

Let’s talk about how the War on Terror was carried out. The 1st target was Afghanistan. Afghanistan was the country harboring Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda Organization. The ruling Taliban Regime at the time refused to cooperate with the US from 1996-2001 when it came to terrorism and they supported Osama Bin Laden. The US began a full scale invasion on Afghanistan in October 2001. The US overthrew the Taliban and obliterated the Al Qaeda training camps but failed to get Osama Bin Laden until 2011. The USA embarked on a nation building mission in Afghanistan from 2002 onwards and occupied Afghanistan until 2021.

The 2nd target in the War on Terror became Yemen 🇾🇪 . The US began launching drone strikes in Yemen on the Al Qaeda branch in Yemen known as the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The 3rd target became Iraq 🇮🇶 In March 2003 the US invaded Iraq and overthrew the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Iraq had nothing to do with the September 11th Attacks and they also didn’t have any of the weapons of mass destruction the US had alleged they had.

The 4th target became 🇵🇰 Starting in 2004 the United States began drone strikes in Western Pakistan to strike at terrorists who operated there.

The 5th Target became Somalia 🇸🇴 In the United States began military operations in Somalia. Somalian Pirates started becoming a major problem for international cargo ships beginning around 2000. In 2002 the US began operations against Somalian Pirates for ocean security. In 2007 the US began using airstrikes and drone attacks on the Al Shabab Group in Somalia that is affiliated with the Al Qaeda.

Another country the US got more involved in the War on Terror was the Philippines 🇵🇭 From 2002-2015 Operation Enduring Freedom took place. The US sent many of its military troops to join the Filipino Army in fighting against Filipino Jihadist Groups such as Abu Sayyaf who have killed Americans and other foreigners in the Philippines.

As the War on Terror turns 20 let’s talk about how these went.

The US War in Afghanistan has been a failure. The original objective in 2001 was to go after the Al Qaeda and their training camps. It was not supposed to be a nation building campaign. In 2002 the George W Bush Admin decided to try and make Afghanistan a free country as if it were some moral responsibility to do it. The US wanted to try to be the saviours of Afghanistan. The United States spent $2 trillion in Afghanistan. The US attempted to put a new government in Afghanistan. To train up a new Afghan Army and Police. Rebuild Afghanistan’s roads and buildings. Try to destroy the opium production in Afghanistan. The US spent $90million dollars in 19 years on the opium mission and it still failed. The US should have never attempted to destroy heroin in Afghanistan. It really isn’t our job. To this day Afghanistan still produces 80% of the world’s opium and heroin. The US puppet government in Afghanistan was very corrupt, weak, and incompetent. When the US put a new government in Afghanistan in 2002, some really terrible warlords like Abdul Dostum were included in this new government.

Lots of horrible Afghan warlords were given positions in the new US Puppet Government from 2002 onwards and it was a really corrupt recipe. Billions in US Foreign Aid to Afghanistan was wasted because men like Dostum embezzled that money for themselves. Afghanistan is called the graveyard of empires for a reason. I wrote a past post dedicated to what wrong in Afghanistan. No one has ever won a war there. 20 years after being overthrown the Taliban ended up returning to power and the US Puppet Government in Afghanistan collapsed within weeks. Many of the US trained Afghan Soldiers gave up without a fight and fled the country.

How did things go in Yemen? Not any better. Yemen has been a historically unstable country for many decades. Many civil wars happened in Yemen in the 1970s and 1980s and one in 1994. The Al Qaeda established a cell in Yemen around 1992. It was in 2000 that Al Qaeda terrorists attacked a US Navy Ship in a suicide bomb attack. The USS Cole. And in 1992 the Al Qaeda carried out a hotel bombing attack in 1992.

Since 2002 the US began carrying out drone strikes in Yemen. To this day the Al Qaeda are still functioning and fighting in Yemen. The government of Yemen collapsed in 2015 and has been in a total civil war since. The Shia Houthis Group, the Al Qaeda, and many other factions are fighting for control in Yemen. It has been a disaster.

Then there is Iraq. Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. The US invaded Iraq in 2003 claiming Iraq was in possession of dangerous weapons of mass destruction. The Bush Administration was trying to connect Osama Bin Laden to Saddam Hussein. None of this was true. Iraq had been accussed since 1991 of pursuing a nuclear weapons program, biological weapons, and chemical weapons. The irony was the US was friends with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s when Iraq was at war against Iran.

Here is a picture of Donald Rumsfeld in 1983 shaking hands with Saddam Hussein in 1983. This is very ironic since Rumsfeld 20 years later in 2003 advocated for the invasion of Iraq and removal of Saddam Hussein as our Secretary of Defense. Iraq did not become our enemy until they invaded Kuwait in 1990. I have to say that Iraq in 2003 was not a threat any longer to anyone. The 1991 Gulf War had decimated their military capabilities. The international sanctions placed in Iraq from 1990-2003 had crippled their economy. The US bombed Iraq several times in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, and in 2001. This killed many innocent Iraqis and only caused them to hate the US even more. So when the US Invaded Iraq in 2003, many Iraqis were not happy to be invaded. They had a vendetta against the US for all the previous bombings and devestating sanctions. Let’s also not forget there were many Christians in Iraq prior to the 2003 Invasion. Life only got worse for Christians in Iraq since 2003!


Did the Iraqis really need to go through all of this suffering? NO. Ever since 2003 Iraq has been in total chaos. It is completely unstable and violent. Yes Saddam Hussein and his government were a brutal regime, but the chaos that continues to this day in Iraq is worse. There is more I want to say about this. Those who were against going to war in Iraq in 2002 were shamed by their families and American Society. The American Media criticized anyone who was against wanting to invade Iraq. We even briefly re-named french fries “freedom fries” because France did not want to join in the Invasion of Iraq. How petty and stupid.

How has Somalia gone?

The US airstrikes in Somalia have not fixed anything. Somalia has been in Civil War since the 1980s. It has been in complete anarchy since. They have not had a government since 1991. The Al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia Al Shabab is still very active. The Al Shabab group is also not a GLOBAL terrorist threat since the farthest they have ever gone beyond Somalia’s borders is Kenya. They are are worth the time to fight against. Many Somalian non-combatants were killed in these drone strikes, which fueled resentment against the USA in Africa. At the beginning of 2021, the US withdrew its last troops from Somalia and the airstrikes have stopped.

The US War on Terror has been extremely flawed. Some of the countries most responsible for funding and supporting terrorism have never been held accountable for it. The biggest culprits are Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Osama Bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia and 15 out of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were also from Saudi Arabia.

There has been more and more evidence linking Saudi Government Officials and Saudi Charities to helping some of the hijackers. It is also well known that many wealthy men in Saudi Arabia donate to the Al Qaeda and other Jihadist Groups. The US Government has tried to downplay this. The US is honestly so addicted to oil from Saudi Arabia, they will never say anything negative about Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is just as terrible as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It is a brutal monarchy and Islam is the only religion allowed. Radical Islam is promoted by the Saudi Monarchy.

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Despite the crane accident on Friday, almost one million pilgrims have arrived as of Tuesday ahead of the hajj. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

And Pakistan is another country that is a very active state sponsor of terrorism. In 2011 Pakistan was caught harboring Osama Bin Laden during the Navy Seal Raid on his compound in Pakistan. Pakistan supports terrorism in the region. The Pakistani Government supports terrorist bombing attacks against their enemy India and support terrorism in Afghanistan. The Pakistanis provide safe haven to terrorists in their country.

After the 9/11 Attacks then President George W Bush said that countries that support and harbor terrorists would be punished. It never applied to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. The War on Terror cannot be realistically won.

The US Military Interventions did not help in spreading the Gospel like some Christian Leaders said it would. The US Military interventions had nothing to do with Christianity or Spreading the Bible to the Muslim World. The senior pastor at my church once said in a sermon in 2015, “Bombing hasn’t worked” in regards to trying to spread Christianity in the Muslim World. He is right, it hasn’t.

There has been a lot of lies on the war on terror. Just like the War on Drugs this is just another forever war. Eventually the United States will run out of money to continue these crusades and campaigns. Also nation building clearly does not work.

We will always have evil in this world and terrorism. Until Jesus comes back. When the Lord Jesus return He will judge this planet and end this evil. The USA will never take His place. Amen.

The September 11th Attacks 20 Years Later

Wow! 20 years have now passed since the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil happened. 3,000 people were killed that day when 19 hijackers from the Al Qaeda Network hijacked 4 planes and flew them into the World Trade Center Buildings in New York City and another into the Pentagon Building. And the 4th Plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.

I was 9 years old in 2001. I turn 30 in January 2022. I was in school that day and I didn’t see the news until I came home. My school did not tell us kids what was happening. I was in 4th Grade.

I did not understand what was happening that day and why it was happening. As the months went on my grandma and mom began explaining things more to me to make sense of what had happened. I was told about Radical Islam. I watched the US Invasion of Afghanistan on Television.

It was a horrible day that shocked the nation. And our country has never been the same since.

20 years later looking back, the response to the 9/11 Attacks marked the erosion of privacy and civil liberties for the American People from their own Government. One month after the 9/11 Attacks, Congress passed the Patriot Act in October 2001

The Patriot Act increased US Government Surveilance on the American Public. Since then all our phone conservations and messages are watched by the government. All on-line activity is monitored by the Government. All done in the name of security and protection from terrorists. It is not surprising how it has been abused by the US Government. Most of the American Public did not even know about it until whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked the story in 2013.

20 years later we are dealing with all kinds of mandates related to the Covid-19 Pandemic including business closures and forcing to get a vaccine. All in the name of protection.

Our biggest fear in 2001 was the Al Qaeda network destroying our country and taking away all our freedoms. And since the past 20 years, it has been our own US Government taking it away and creating a surveilance state.

In another post I will be talking about a retrospective on the 20 years of the war on terror.

What Went Wrong in Afghanistan? A History Review Of The Graveyard Of Empires

The United States has just lost its 20 year long war in Afghanistan and is pulling out its last troops as of August 2021. The US Client Government of Afghanistan has utterly collapsed. The Military of Afghanistan just gave up and deserted. The President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan and the Taliban Militia has re-taken power in Afghanistan 20 years after being ousted from power by the US Military Invasion in 2001. How did this happen? To answer that question me must review history and the terrible policy decisions of the United States that contributed to this as well as Afghanistan’s troubled history.

First of all Afghanistan is known as the Graveyard of Empires. Over the centuries Afghanistan has been invaded and occupied by many different Empires who attempted to conquer or control it. All of these countries failed.

Here is a list of some of those empires: The Macedonian Empire under Alexander the Great, The Mongolians, The Huns, India, The British Empire, and the Soviet Union. All of these countries ended up in the same problem. They found themselves fighting a people who refused to be conquered. The Afghan People are very resilient and refuse to be conquered by a foreign army. Afghanistan also is a very mountainous country with lots of caves, which makes it very difficult to navigate for an invader.

The British Empire fought 3 wars in Afghanistan between 1839-1919. That’s 80 years! The British Empire which was the World Superpower at that time, failed to conquer or control Afghanistan. At one point the British lost 9,000 of their men in combat in Afghanistan!

From 1920-1973 Afghanistan enjoyed some stability. Afghanistan was still a monarchy at the time and their last king Mohammed Zahir Shah who ruled from 1933-1973 tried to modernize the country.

In 1973 the king went to Italy to receive eye surgery and his jealous cousin Mohammed Daoud Khan launched a coup and took over the country.

Mohammed Doaud Khan abolished the monarchy in 1973 and make Afghanistan into a Republic. His rule only lasted for 5 years. In 1978 he was overthrown and killed in a violent revolution. The Afghan Communist Party with some help from the Afghan Army invaded his palace in Kabul and killed him and took over the capital.

Communism came to Afghanistan from 1978 until 1992. The New Communist Government created a series of reforms that were very unpopular with the conservative muslim population of the country. Some of the laws the Communist Leaders enacted were banning forced marriage in Afghanistan and land reform.

The war in Afghanistan begun. The communist government of Afghanistan was facing an insurgency and called on Russia to send troops to help neutralize the rebellion. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 and began their war there.

Much of the world including the United States condemned Russia’s military action in Afghanistan. Which is extremely ironic today. The US also decided it was going to ensure Russia would lose. The US decided to help the Afghan Rebels by sending them weapons to fight against the Russians. The USA and Pakistan put into action Operation Cyclone. President Ronald Reagan called the Afghan Rebels “Freedom Fighters” and many American films such as Rambo 3 promoted that narrative.

2/2/1983 President Reagan meeting with Afghan Freedom Fighters in the Oval Office to discuss Soviet atrocities in Afghanistan
The Stinger Missile Launcher

The US Efforts to sabotage Russia’s War in Afghanistan contributed to Russia losing. The Afghan Rebels were able to shoot down Russian aircrafts with the stinger missiles. Over 14,000 Russians were killed in Afghanistan. The Russians left defeated in 1989. Americans cheered this. But things did not improve in Afghanistan when the Russians left.

As the Russians left, the Afghan Government collapsed. No government took its place. The Afghan Rebels that the US supported then began killing each other for control of Afghanistan. The capital Kabul was highly unstable and violent during the 1990s with different warlords fighting each other for power. By 1991 The US and most of the International Community did not care about Afghanistan any longer. Afghanistan was in civil war from 1989-2001. The United States even closed its embassy in Afghanistan in 1989 and did not re-open it until 2002 after invading the country.

When Afghanistan needed the world’s help the most in the 1990s, the world turned its back. During this period of anarchy in Afghanistan, the country became a safe haven for international terrorist groups including the Al Qaeda who later carried out the September 11th Attacks.

Infamous terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden was in Afghanistan in the 1980s serving with the Afghan Resistance to the Russian Occupation. During the 1980s many volunteer fighters from Muslim Nations travelled to Afghanistan to fight against the Russians alongside the Afghans. Saudis, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Yemenis, etc. In the 1990s these people now were running terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

During the Afghan Civil War the Taliban Group became the most dominant group and took over 90% of Afghanistan by 1996. They ruled the majority of the country until 2001. The Taliban were infamous for their brutality, harsh treatment of women, and rejection of the outside world. The Taliban harbored the Al Qaeda in their country during this time and made Afghanistan a rogue state in the global community.

The USA launched cruise missile strikes on Afghanistan for the 1st time in 1998 in an attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden after his group carried out suicide bomb attacks in the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

After the 9/11 attacks George W Bush ordered the Taliban Regime of Afghanistan to hand over Osama Bin Laden and all other Al Qaeda leaders, shut down the terrorist training camps, and cooperate with the United States. The Taliban refused and said Osama Bin Laden was innocent and the US had no proof.

On October 7th 2001 the United States invaded Afghanistan. The original mission was to go after the Al Qaeda network for the 9/11 attacks, to destroy all the terrorist training camps, and topple to Taliban Regime

US Marines in Afghanistan November 2001

The Taliban was toppled by December 2001 and the training camps were destroyed. But Osama Bin Laden and many of his Al Qaeda leadership were able to flee into Pakistan and hide for the next decade. Then the US objective in Afghanistan started getting confusing.

George W. Bush wanted to assure the American People in 2002, that the US would not make the same mistakes as others did in Afghanistan. At the same time he did the opposite. The George W. Bush Administration decided to make Afghanistan a nation building campaign. The US attempted to create a new government in Afghanistan, to rebuild their destroyed country, make a new army for Afghanistan, make Afghanistan into a western style democracy, and destroy the opium production in Afghanistan

Afghanistan produces 80% of the world’s opium/heroin since the 1950s. After over 19 years efforts by the US to destroy it, the opium production is still booming.

The United States made a huge mistake to get mired in all the messes of Afghanistan. Taking on the opium production has been a massive failure and was never America’s job. Afghanistan is a very tribalistic country, and democracy just does not work in a country like that. US Policy Makers failed to understand how Afghan Society works. The US also focused a lot of its attention when it decided to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003. Afghanistan became a secondary priority to the Bush Administration.

There were many times that the Afghan Soldiers that the US were training ended up attacking and killing the US Soldiers. That is usually a sign the war is a lost cause

Another mistake made was relying on Pakistan to help the US in Afghanistan.

Pakistan supported the Taliban from 1994-2001. Even after the US Invasion, much of Pakistan’s Military Leadership and their Intelligence Agency the ISI continued supporting Afghan Insurgents and giving them safe haven in Afghanistan. The Pakistanis were even caught harboring Osama Bin Laden! The Paskistanis played both sides in the War on Terror and kept giving a life line to the Afghan Insurgents fighting US Forces. Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism and also supports terrorists who regularly attack India.

The objectives in Afghanistan kept changing. The mission was never clear. The US ended up spending $2 Trillion in Afghanistan and about 2,400 American Soldiers have been killed in combat there. Over 100,000 Afghans have died in Afghanistan since 2001. Millions have died since 1978. US Airstrikes in Afghanistan have killed so many Afghan Non-Combatants, which only fueled more insurgency. The Afghans did not view the Americans as liberators but as occupiers like the Russians and British. The Afghan People never submit to a foreign occupation.

Eventually the US realized it could never defeat the Taliban and the Donald Trump Administration entered into negotiations with the Taliban by late 2018 and signed a peace agreement with them in 2020. Then President Trump began bringing the troops home.

The Afghan Army that the US had spent years training did not put up much of a fight as the US was leaving and ended up deserting and fleeing to neighboring countries like Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Now in August 2021 The Afghan Government has collapsed. The US has evacuated and closed its Embassy in Kabul like in 1989. The Taliban has re-conquered Afghanistan, America is pulling out, thousands of Afghans are fleeing the country, and the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. Some are recalling the parallels to the Fall of Saigon in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War. It is also a replay of the Russians defeat in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon lied to the American Public for 20 years about the status of the war. In December 2019 the Washington Post published formerly classified government information and reports dubbing them “The Afghanistan Papers” https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/ For 18 years US Officials and the Pentagon misled the American Public and tried to paint a rosy picture to everyone that the war was going well, when they knew it wasn’t. So much lies to try keep the American Public Opinion in favor of the war. The Defense Contract Companies of America such as General Dynamics and Raytheon also played a huge role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They profit of war making the weapons, radars, and fighter jets. Many 4 Star Generals typically join the Board of Directors of Defense Companies after they retire from the Military

Some many terrible policy decisions have been made over the past 40 years in Afghanistan and Afghanistan has not improved. It is disgusting also all the video games made from 2001 to present about the Afghanistan War as if its entertainment. I know of many video games where you play as American Soldiers killing in Afghanistan. Shameful.

Hopefully US Policy Makers will think twice before invading another country any time soon. The American Public has no appetite for it. Most of the veterans I met over the years who served in Afghanistan became the biggest critics of the war. They were against the continuation of it.

As for Afghanistan, there are no answers on how to fix that country. Only God can fix it. Pray for God’s Will to be done there. All the Afghan People need Jesus desperately. Military Intervention and Occupation can never replace that.