Back when it would have made sense to many of our citizens.
Over eight years ago Bush II invaded Afghanistan when the U.S. reputation in the world was at such a peak that even he could get unfettered support.
But that unfettered support did not last long, so now we find ourselves at the lowest ebb of our international popularity, our reputation in the world.
But war illusions together with the death, destruction, and loss of innocents does continue to be with us to continue our reputation's ongoing demise.
What many in the United States forgot was that war is not glorious, war is not good, war is not just, war is simply inevitable when people forget the evil nature of war, forget what war will do to any people who will let it.
Our most eloquent and wise forefathers, presidents, founders, who are our eyes, informed us of this long ago:
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied : and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established."(Source of Corruption). Obama confirmed that we are addicted to faith in war instead of hatred of war as it should be.
James Madison (Father of U.S. Constitution, 4th President, etc., emphasis added)
Our good president's decision to escalate the Afghanistan war will damage us even more than it already has, furthering the demise of our reputation as a peaceful nation of the world.