US troops in the tens of thousands while Al Qaeda numbers a few hundred

It is estimated that there are about 300 Al Qaeda members in Pakistan and only 50-100 in Afghanistan.  But the war(s) continue.  We still have tens of thousands of troops stationed in Iraq.  And believe it or not, there are more troops in Afghanistan than in Iraq.  And Special Forces troops are operating in many other countries.  At the beginning on of 2009, they were deployed in about 60 countries, but that number is up to 75 today.  Places like Somalia and Yemen might be understandable (if unfortunate) but places like the Philippines or Colombia are less understandable.

The United States continues its imperial machinations all over the world and yet we wonder why there are people out there that want to do us harm.  Do they really hate us for our freedom?  Or is it because we try to limit their own?

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