Some “Inconvenient” Truths About Afghanistan

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Before you jump on the bandwagon blaming Biden or deploring the US debacle in Afghanistan, read this article. It is full of “inconvenient” truths. Once again, we are getting our faces rubbed in the mud because we deserve it but we want to fix the blame on someone else.  Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans.  Even the “liberal” press is blaming Biden. The saddest part is our unrequited promises to the Afghanistan people that believed America could save them. The effort to instill democracy in Afghanistan was a great example of hubris and arrogance based on greed and self-serving interests.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/19/what-lessons-should-the-west-learn-from-the-defeat-in-afghanistan

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  1. Cherune D Clewley
    Aug 19, 2021 @ 08:40:42

    I definitely agree with you. After all that Afghanistan has sucked up across the decades they are still in a mess. No one has been able to assist that country to be self sufficient. The U.S hates to say ‘sorry, guys, we failed. We thought if we threw enough money at you with our best young military we could help. But nothing worked.’ Proper research was never done, and no one wanted to spend time with research before, saying as always, enough money and manpower. No wonder the veterans are miserable. The failure isn’t in the present the failure is across years.
    Arrogance, hubris, naivete whatever you want to call it. This has been a loss for that country and that country needs to decide who and what it wants to be, on its own. Assistance is one thing, but, causing dependence is another. I hope more women are able to get out. But they probably won’t even be allowed to leave their homes now. Everything has been an unfortunate mess there.

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    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      Aug 19, 2021 @ 16:04:47

      Cherune, you have stated it very well IMHO. I could not put it more succinctly and accurately than you have done. The saying by Santayana that “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it” never seems to hamper our stupidity in repeating the same old mistakes. I watched the Fog of War by McNamara on the follies of the Vietnam war and this was a different people and a different land but the same old stupidity and hubris on our part. Thanks for you comment.

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  2. Jane Fritz
    Aug 19, 2021 @ 10:42:22

    Indeed.

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  3. Wayne Woodman
    Aug 19, 2021 @ 19:43:53

    Thanks for the link to The Guardian and a series of great articles.

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