-President Barack Obama, September 15, 2009
These are the words of our President, a man who once called the Iraq war a "bad" war and the war in Afghanistan a "good" war. Mr. President, Afghanistan is not Vietnam. But the bombs you sanction and the troops you send bring the same results: death, destruction, and hell for those in the fray, the Afghan civilians - including women and children - and US troops, many below the age of 30. The reality of war in Afghanistan is not the sanitized version portrayed on TV (or covered by Pentagon-approved reporters), spoken about by our politicians, or pornographically presented to our youth in the form of video games and war simulations.
Take it from someone who knows. Take it from Dr. Zaher Wahab, one of my former professors working in his home country to rebuild the education system blow apart by years of war. The following appeared in the Oregonian: