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Jacology: The End Of Afghanistan

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KPLR11)-In case you were too busy with your NCAA brackets, we thought you might want to know the United States mission in Afghanistan pretty well ended on Sunday. Oh, we'll still have troops there for years and a lot of them will be killed.  And there's still a lot of fighting to do. But the mission to stabilize and pacify Afghanistan ended with a blast of pre-dawn gunfire Sunday, March 11th.

That's when a supposedly lone G.I., a 38 year old Sergeant murdered 16 Afghan civilians; including nine children. He allegedly covered some of the kid's bodies with blankets and set them afire. This is of course, is a war crime. So is the slaughter of civilians; including women and children, by the Taliban. The difference? When the Taliban murder them, it's their official policy.

Despite that, what a lot of people called the good war as opposed to invading Iraq is finished. We can no longer tell the Afghans we're there to protect them. And it all happened pretty fast. A few weeks ago, U.S. prison officials in Afghanistan burned copies of the Koran, claiming they were being used to smuggle Taliban messages. That led to riots and killings of U.S. troops. And now, this.

First we set fire to their holy book. Then we set fire to their kid's bodies. You can imagine there's not much of a reservoir of good will left for the U.S. among the Afghan people.  And that makes it's tactically difficult and strategically impossible to pacify Afghanistan. The newest Washington Post poll shows 60 percent of Americans now oppose the Afghan war. Even Newt Gingrich has turned against it.

It's over, time to declare victory and leave.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.