Liberty Conservative Congressman Thomas Massie stood in front of Congress arguing for more accountability be brought towards all spending on the current Afghan War.
Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, the U.S. has spent that last 18 years occupying the country. $1 trillion dollars and 2,350 lives later, this conflict has no apparent end in sight.
Massie has been one of the strongest proponents of non-interventionism in Congress. He has routinely called for a withdrawal of all troops. He even stated that all troops should have been withdrawn when Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the Al-Qaeda terrorist cell responsible for 9/11, was killed 8 years ago on May 2, 2011.
Knowing that Congress and the Executive branch are dragging their feet on concluding the conflict, Massie is ready to take matters into his own hands.
On Twitter, he stated “I hope we end the war in Afghanistan soon. Regardless of when we end the war in Afghanistan, as long as taxpayer dollars are flowing to the government of Afghanistan, we need transparency and accountability in the spending @GOPoversight @SIGARHQ.”
In the meantime, Massie will likely be pursuing ways to bring more transparency to what’s going on in Afghanistan. Ideally, a withdrawal plan should be crafted to put end this conflict once and for all. For certain regions of the planet, nation-building will simply not work as a way of modernizing a country.
It’s time that we bring our troops back home and actually focus on our national defense.