. October 8, 2009 SouthAmerica: We are having a discussion about the Afghanistan war at Brazzil magazine and I just posted the following in response to the posting of a fellow US Army officer that says that he is in Brazil training the Brazilian army. Americans know that we have too much economic troubles at home to waste even more money in a war that is going nowhere. ******* Reply to Hans Pinto - the US military officer that is assigned to his US Army duties in Rio de Janeiro The war against Afghanistan has been a mess right from the starting point. What is unbelievable to me is that the US government learned nothing from the Soviet Union experience in that area of the world. Instead of going in with massive force and getting the job done, they outsourced the fighting to other people with catastrophic results, and here we are 8 years later, and they still are trying to figure out their Afghanistan policy. It seems to me that we have a bunch of idiots making decisions in Washington. You can give credit and put this entire mess on the lap of the Bush administration, they did not finish the job when they had the opportunity to do so, and as a result of their complete incompetence today the Obama administration is on a catch-22. On one hand, as Obama said: âto leave the fight now would only empower other extremist groupsâ, and on the other hand Obama is aware that he is losing support of the American people regarding the Afghanistan war and most Americans want the US Army to wrap up that war and come home. The national economic situation here in the United States is deteriorating day by day all around us with a massive number of unemployed people, and the numbers will continue to grow during 2010. With so much troubles at home the last thing on the mind of most Americans it is this war in Afghanistan. This catch-22 situation will place the fate of the US Army in Afghanistan in a similar path of the fate of the Soviet Army only two decades ago. In my opinion, they are going to decide to keep the war going as long as they can, and on the path of a slow death and nothing else. I feel sorry for the young American soldiers that have been placed on this losing proposition, and many of them will return to the United States in body bags 4 or 10 at the time. After about 7 years the US government was forced to wrap up the Vietnam War, and bring its troops home â we had large demonstration all across the United States, because we had the draft and middle-class kids were being killed in that war by the thousands. We are in the 8th year of this war in Afghanistan with no end in sight, and basically we have very little demonstrations against the current wars â because most of the kids that are being killed right now went to the army because they are very poor, and they did not have many options for their future in the collapsing job market of the United States mainly if you donât have a good education. The family of most of these soldiers that are fighting in Iraq and in Afghanistan will just keep their quiet despair to themselves since they donât have the resources to fight back, and they will watch their loved ones return home one after another in body bags. We all know that right now the Afghanistan is an open ended war with no end in sight, but at the same time the Taliban and Al Qaeda are aware that eventually the US Army will need to leave Afghanistan since they donât have much support at home for that war. And that prospect makes things even worse for the US forces in Afghanistan, since they are not going to get much support from the local people, because they know that after the US Army leaves Afghanistan their families would be in trouble, and chances are they would be exterminated by whoever becomes the new group to take over in Afghanistan. There is no way to win when you are on a catch-22. .