The involvement of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to attract a lot of criticism both from the US and abroad. Most of these critics are right while others are totally biased (Rogers, 2008). Generally, it can be said that the US has done a lot to these two countries in a bid to restore their internal security and, democracy and political stability. This involvement was facilitated by the events of September 11, 2001, in the United States, when the US responded by deploying a large number of its troops in Afghanistan and later in Iraq. The US’s aim was to launch a “war on terror” by addressing the roots and not the symptoms of terrorism. Moreover, they wanted to bring justice to the leadership of AL Qaida no matter how long it could take. Coincidentally, quite a significant number of people around the world have held on to the speculation that the US government might be interested in the oil resource in Iraq as opposed to the pursuit for democracy, global peace and political stability (Teslik, 2008). Nyden (2011) asserts that whichever the case, the US citizenry is really starting to be worried about the courses of action being taken by their government. Manchin, in particular, was heard criticizing the US operations in the two countries at the expense of its own country during a Senate Committee on Armed Services sometime last year. He particularly argued that the US as a nation must choose appropriately what to do or not do. In addition, he continued asserting that he did not understand why they should spend huge sums of American taxpayer’s hard-earned funds rebuilding other nations while overlooking their own economy. This is something I surely agree with since the spending being made by the US in these two countries is really overwhelming (Rogers, 2008).
According to Nyden (2011), the US debt should be more worrying than the political and economic stability of other nations. The only thing that can be done by the US government in these countries is to stop wars and end autocratic dynasties, not rebuilding their economies.
Nyden, J. P. (2011). Manchin questions U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq. Gazette Mail. Retrieved on July 11, 2012 from: http://wvgazette.com/News/politics/201109223280
Rogers, P. (2008). Iraq, Afghanistan: Has the US lost? Socialist Review. Retrieved July 11, 2012 from: http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=10304
Teslik, H., L. (2008). Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S. Economy. Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved July 11, 2012 from: http://www.cfr.org/afghanistan/iraq-afghanistan-us-economy/p15404
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