What are we fighting for?

    August 20, 2021

    Lesleigh Coyer, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

    And it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for
    Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn, next stop is Viet Nam
    And it’s five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates
    Ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee we’re all gonna die, hey

    -Country Joe and The Fish

    Aljazeera English

    “The dysfunction we’re seeing in this withdrawal is a continuation of the dysfunction we’ve seen throughout the entire war effort. It’s metaphor for the entire war effort, which is that our predictions are never completely correct. We think we have more control over the situation than we do.”

    -Adam Weinstein, a former Marine, coordinated air attacks in 2012 for Australian special forces clearing the Taliban out of remote mountain valleys.

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