As Afghanistan falls apart, many on the right are rushing to social media to indoctrinate their subscribers with the talking point that the US soldiers won the war, but the politicians lost it.
They are wrong. At no point in 20 years were commanders telling congress the truth. The military willingly lied to cover up their ineptitude and lack of progress.
Rather than actually fight a war of attrition, our forces decided to hide behind armored vehicles and bases protected by artillery and air support at all time – just like we did in Vietnam.
And just as in Vietnam, a group of poor, unsophisticated radicals outsmarted the most well equipped military on the face of the earth.
Politicians are to blame as well. For 20 years we fought aimlessly, not knowing what we were trying to do over there, and not having any standard for when we would leave. We merely copied the Iraq surge strategy of funding various groups to achieve a false peace. what a failure that strategy is. But our military is afraid of killing and getting their hands dirty. Our military is afraid of casualties. A military full of pussies like ours cannot win wars.
What’s insane is that those who wanted to leave Afghanistan are now clamoring about reinvading to get rid of the taliban, as if the past 20 years didn’t happen. They are an enemy that can’t die, they are on their home turf, and our values are an affront to theirs. There will be no peace, and their resolve is far greater than any American’s.