Loebsack said no one was thinking about what would happen to the returning soldiers when the first troops went to Afghanistan in October 2001.
“Is it not all too clear that nobody thought ahead and planned for exactly what we have now?” he said. “In the future, when we send them on a mission, we need to think long and hard about the long-term costs as well as what’s going to happen when they come back from those missions. Are we as a country prepared to do for them what we need to do? I don’t think that was factored into those decisions back in 2001.”
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