Fool's Errand, Scott Horton, Afghanistan, War

Introduction to Fool’s Errand by Scott Horton

Due to time constraints and the typically high level of exhaustion I am working at, I can either stop writing or write when and what I can. Because I am so set on writing, I have decided to due just that and set aside time for myself to write what I can within a set time. These 288 words were wrought in the space of 10 minutes.

A little pedantic note from me: I am only counting the words between the horizontal lines in the word count. That means that these 10 minute writing sessions take way more than 10 minutes, as I have other work to do to get a post published. I am trying to streamline the process for myself, but I won’t go into that now.

September 11, 2001 was one of the worst days of my life. I lived in Southern California and was 13 years old when the Twin Towers fell. I don’t remember the day we learned Bin Laden was dead. My wife and I were listening to Wayne Resnick on KFI, so it was a Saturday or Sunday night. Our firstborn was around two years old and we struggled to tell her that we were elated that WE, the United States, had finally brought Justice to the man who planned the deaths of over 3000 Americans.

I don’t know how to feel about all that now. Given what I learned reading Scott Horton’s Fool’s Errand, I can understand why Bin Laden did what he did. I still despise him and there is no excuse for his heinous actions, but I now understand his reasoning. In short: the US used Bin Laden and his allies as pawns against the Russians in a global power play that was ultimately meaningless. We armed and trained Bin Laden. We used him and his allies to be the VC to Russia. It is stated policy that the US wanted to drain Russia by “giving them their own Vietnam.” The brilliant Bin Laden decided to do the same to us when the US refused to leave the Middle-East alone.

The 9/11 attacks were the bait and he has trapped us in a snare that we seem unable to escape from. Sadly, President Trump who I hoped would get us out of Afghanistan has caved to pressure from his military advisors. The United States continues to bleed itself dry, hurting our people and others around the world, continually sounding victory to Bin Laden.

It needs to stop.

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