Afghanistan: Time for Accountability

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Posted: Sep 14, 2021 12:01 AM

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On Saturday, Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in human history, our nation’s leaders gathered in Manhattan, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, during solemn ceremonies for the 2,977 who died that terrible day. Similar ceremonies were held in communities across America.

One such event was held in Lebanon, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Conservative Convention. Sponsored by Tennessee Sen. Mark Pody, it was billed as “Restoring Hope: Faith, Family and Freedom.” The ceremony was packed with active-duty personnel and dependents from Fort Campbell, veterans and numerous Gold Star families. During question-and-answer sessions, those in attendance wanted to know: Given the way the war ended, was our sacrifice wasted? The terrorists we fought in Afghanistan are now ruling the country we fought to liberate. Who will be held accountable, and when?

About 2,450 U.S. military personnel and 3,840 U.S. contractors lost their lives in Afghanistan. Nearly 21,000 were seriously wounded. For two decades, the “NATO coalition” won all the

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