October 21 marked the ninth anniversary of the passing of Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, the losing Democratic Party presidential candidate of 1972. McGovern was ahead of his time in his race against President Richard Nixon.
McGovern's platform included ending the Vietnam War. It also called for spending the billions wasted on the war to rebuild America, along with saving lives by bringing the troops home.
McGovern was too proud to emphasize his military experience as a decorated World War II bomber pilot. Nixon attempted to portray him as soft on national defense.
Since 2001. we have spend $6.4 trillion in our involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan wars. There was also the loss of 7,000 American military and additional private contractors employed to assist in the fighting.
Thousands more suffer daily with permanent physical injuries. Was it worth spending the dollars and lives? What we have gotten in return?