Taking Sides By John T. Rourke Essay

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When it comes to the topic of Afghanistan, most of us will readily agree that it was necessary and peace will come along after. Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of when to bring our troops back. Whereas some are convinced that we should bring the troops back now, others maintain that we should rebuild and sustain Afghanistan before having the troops come back.
In the book, Taking Sides by John T. Rourke, he opens up the argument concerning whether U.S. forces should continue to fight in Afghanistan. The first side of the argument is, yes, U.S forces should continue to fight in Afghanistan. The yes portion of the argument is discussed by our 44th President, Barack Obama. To introduce his speech, he recalled why we went to war with Afghanistan in the first place, “On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. They struck at our military and economic nerve centers. They took the lives of innocent men, women, and children without regard to their faith or race or situation. Were it not for the heroic actions of passengers onboard one of those flights, they could have also struck at one of the great symbols of our democracy in Washington, and killed many more.” (Rourke, 2011, p.234). What Barack Obama essentially means is that we did not ask for this war, they drew blood first. They did not care about who they killed, they just wanted to kill as many American as possible at our nerve…

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