American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban.
Many feel that they are risking their lives ‚ÄĒ and that colleagues have died ‚ÄĒ for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.
‚ÄúThe many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being here. They are really in a state of depression and despair and just want to get back to their families,‚ÄĚ said Captain Jeff Masengale, of the 10th Mountain Division‚Äôs 2-87 Infantry Battalion.
‚ÄúThey feel they are risking their lives for progress that‚Äôs hard to discern,‚ÄĚ said Captain Sam Rico, of the Division‚Äôs 4-25 Field Artillery...
There was opposition to WW 2, but we don't hear much about that today. I remember some anti-war movies came out later--"Attack" with Eddie Albert was one, and another with Edward G. Robinson showing him as a corrupt owner of a factory making defective weapons.
Reading this headline then the intro paragraphs is tremendously pessimistic and gloomy...... until you read......
"The base is not, it has to be said, obviously downcast, and many troops do not share the chaplains‚Äô assessment. The soldiers are, by nature and training, upbeat, driven by a strong sense of duty, and they do their jobs as best they can. Re-enlistment rates are surprisingly good..."
Reality tells you that people will feel bad in a war situation, especially when you see your colleagues killed and maimed. But this article is typical of those who do not understand military operations. It is like asking whether WWII was necessary.