I was morally and intellectually broken at that point.
after 21 years, it’s become painfully clear to many, including to 9-11 victim family members who, after all this time, remain fighting in court for the truth, that U.S. foreign policy and military strategists don’t much care about the unintended consequences or “blowback” to instigate wars.
Trillions of dollars later, we have fought for two decades in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and have destroyed so much more than what we lost that terrible day.
Killing innocents is wrong, whether it’s done by the U.S. military or by terrorists.
“True security…should be focused on providing a collective standard of living that ensures all Americans can afford nutritious food, a decent place to live, adequate clothing, a life-enriching education, & health care.
“The problems I identified on a microscale in Afghanistan still exist on a macroscale in American foreign policy,” Edstrom said. “That is detrimental to not only soldiers, but to Americans, and the world.”
Former Army Captain Erik Edstrom shared his experiences in the military, including how he helped get his interpreter out of Afghanistan.