Empires Come. Empires Go.

A rare sight–the funeral of a general officer killed by the enemy. I send sincere condolences to MG Greene’s family, as well as to the 2,341 other U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan since 2001, some of whom were my friends.

Perhaps, now that such a senior officer has been brought down by treachery, the National Command Authority will accept that it’s time to join the ranks of great empires that tried in their hubris to subdue Afghanistan, and failed. The American Empire will be remembered in history with the likes of Alexander the Great’s Macedonia, the globe-spanning British Empire of Queen Victoria, and the once-mighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

It’s time to bring our forces home from land wars in Asia and spend American resources where they’re needed most–here at home. Haven’t we lost enough lives propping up a puppet Afghan government that will only revert back to its original and eternal nature as soon as we’ve departed? The people of Afghanistan have proven for millennia that they are as patient as the Hindu Kush. They’ll wait.

Photo:  #USArmy photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller

The funeral procession of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene processes through Arlington National Cemetery during a military funeral in his honor at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Memorial Chapel in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, 2014. Greene is the highest-ranking service member killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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