Tuesday, June 3, 2014
New Words About War
In the reporting about Sgt. Bergdahl's exchange for five prisoners from Guantanamo, members of our President's administration have said "... that's what you do at the end of a war... exchange prisoners". In other interviews the same spokespeople have said that we are "winding down the war in Afghanistan". Is a war over just because we choose to wind it down? It used to be that you won (or lost) a war. The side that prevailed generally required a cessation of hostilities as a condition of peace. No such guarantee is in the making with the Taliban. We may be winding down but they are not bound to do the same. The war is only over in the new language of engagement: our war is over because we are going home. I do not feel safer.