Column: After decade of dithering, was Afghan war worth it?

Recent events in Afghanistan aside from any battle news require once again to ask why exactly we were there in the first place. The answer, of course, was to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden for masterminding the Sept. 11 attack on America.

But just as we thought we had him in the mountains of this most primitive of civilizations, we decided it was more important to relieve the threat of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction that later were found to be nonexistent — a figment of the imagination of our own Israeli-driven neo-cons fed by terribly bad intelligence.

Now after a decade of dithering in the sinkhole of a country that no one has been able to drag into this century or the last or the one before that, we seem to have provided merely a decent interval before turning the clock back to the time before we got there.

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