17 years and the U.S. is still fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan – and now ISIS too

17 years of conflict and the U.S. has been unable to defeat a Taliban insurgency, and now they face an ISIS enemy as well. At what point does it become axiomatically clear to the average American that the lives of soldiers are being forfeited for a senseless cause with no benefit whatsoever to anyone outside the war-profiteering industry?

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Afghan mourners carry the coffin of one of the 80 people killed in a twin suicide attack, in Kabul on July 24, 2016. Kabul was plunged into mourning on July 24 after the deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghanistan. Tempers were frayed a day after the twin bombings that tore through crowds of Shiite Hazara protesters, as many anxiously searched hospitals and morgues, looking among the mutilated bodies for missing relatives. / AFP / SHAH MARAI (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

According to numerous reports, Taliban and ISIS forces launched a coordinated assault on an Afghan village, slaughtering as many as 50 civilians including women and children. This latest deadly attack comes at a time that civilian casualties are at an all-time high and it underscores the complete and utter failure that has been the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan.

Don’t misinterpret my words – the war has been a tremendous success for those invested in the mass murder industry.

The conflict in Afghanistan can’t be solved by sending more soldiers or changing battle strategies. We ought bear in mind that the war-profiteering industry has a vested interest in pursuing unwinnable wars, or wars that will continue to yield them returns on their investments in mass death. The policy-makers of the United States, acquiescing to the will of their corporate handlers, have concluded that the lives of U.S. soldiers are worth far less than the quarterly profits of those financially influencing their decisions.

17 years of death and destruction and not only has the U.S. been unable to defeat a Taliban insurgency, but they now face an ISIS enemy as well. How a sensible mind can argue in favor of continuing to have U.S. soldiers sacrifice their bodies for the profits of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and numerous others bathing in the spoils of bloodshed is beyond my comprehension. It is a source of utter dismay, to know that men and women gave their lives to serve in a conflict that was never meant to be won in the first place. Only corrupt and delusional minds would believe that laying down one’s life in such an atrocious cause is honorable or worthy of respect.

Nearly a week ago Donald Trump was considering a complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Given the history, it stands to reason that this would be the wisest decision. We ought consider Donald Trump’s questioning of whether or not to continue U.S. involvement in Afghanistan as evidence to remain optimistic. Perhaps when more soldiers come home in boxes and the civilian casualties continue to mount the American people will compel Donald Trump to bring a merciful end to a pointless conflict that squanders human life and taxpayer money.