Why is the United States still fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Our country and our soldiers deserve more than an unending war. We should have a definite goal set whenever we go to war. When that goal is met we come home. If it is not met then we have to determine whether it is still possible and then reassess. The trouble is every reassessment made in the last 14 years has been for just a little more, another billion or two … a few more lives. Yes, we honor the fallen and justly call them heroes. But wouldn’t a better honor yet be to not send them to wars we cannot win. Wouldn’t we honor their sacrifice better by having it mean more than another politician afraid to appear weak by being strong enough to end the loss of life and the dollars spent on unwinnable war. The Pentagon papers showed that in 1968 the Johnson administration knew the Vietnam War was unwinnable. Yet from mid 1968 to the end of the war we lost half of the 58,000 lives we spent. All because our leaders were too weak to be strong enough to admit to bad choices. Are we doing the same thing again? What has changed about the tribal nature of Afghanistan in 14 years that make the powers that be think it is winnable? What has changed about the religious branches of Islam in Iraq that make those same powers think we can impose democracy? Why aren’t the wars a continuing subject of protest on college campuses? They protest sexual inequality, they protest student loan debt. Are our students not strong enough to add these wars to their protest? Or is it only because with no draft it is not a threat to their plans? In November we vote. It is time to make the vote about those who allow these wars to continue by their weakness. We take pride in our fighting men. I would once again like to take pride in the goals and actions of my country.