The loss of life is tragic and senseless. However, when it comes to the lives lost in Afghanistan, it is out of genuine stupidity. I must confess that I am personally livid about the seizing of power by the Taliban as the United States pulls out of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of occupation.

While Obama was accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Sweden, my Marine reserve unit was gearing up for a heightened offensive in the Kandahar region under his orders. Marines I personally knew and served with died over there. Others returned home in pieces (physically, mentally and emotionally). Some became part of the tragic statistic of 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

Anthony Cristo is a high school English teacher in San Antonio, husband and Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in district 34 of Texas.

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