American Death Toll In Afghanistan Surpasses 1,000
Earlier this week, the Afghan War, already the longest conflict in American history, reached another grim milestone:
On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harm’s way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.
For a war that will reach it’s ninth year in October, this is actually a relatively low death toll, but that’s due largely to the nature of the military operations there and the fact that, until recently, American forces have seemingly refrained from engaging the Taliban insurgency directly. The distressing thing, of course, is that the death toll has increased each year since we’ve been there, and seems poised to do so again in 2010.
It’s a war with no end in sight, and, despite the recent moves by General McChrystal, with seemingly no clear strategy either. At some point, I think, someone has to start asking what we’re still doing there.