Tornoe’s spin: Can we go home now?

In Rob Tornoe’s monthly editorial cartoon, he has some thoughts about the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

Rob’s work also appears in the Dover Post and the News Journal.   Here are Rob’s thought as he created today’s work.  We invite your comments to this and all of our work here:

So we did it, we finally killed Osama bin Laden. People anxious to celebrate poured out into the streets last night to share the news. Hooray! Does that mean we get to leave Afghanistan now?The financial cost of both wars since 2001 is approaching $1.2 trillion dollars. That’s trillion with a “T.” At a time when the national debt exceeds $14 trillion, and nearly 14 million Americans are unemployed, it’s time we use the news of Osama’s death to ratchet back our commitment overseas and reinvest in our own country. But money isn’t only cost we’ve sunk into the hunt for bin Laden and our so-called “War on Terrorism.” Nearly 6,000 American troops have given their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that’s just the tip of the ice berg. It’s estimated that somewhere in the vicinity of 900,000 people have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since coalition attacks began in 2001, based on the lowest credible estimates. That includes terrorists, but that also includes women and children whose only crime was where they were born. So we got bin Laden. That’s great news, but only if we use it to motivate our politicians to bring our troops home and end both the reckless spending and the bloodshed that Osama unleashed with his gutless attack on our country. After all, if we continue the wars now, doesn’t that mean the terrorists have won?

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