Think I’ve been screaming a version of this same thing for almost a decade now. Plus this:
A sane Afghan policy would have consisted of kicking in the door, killing a bunch of bad guys, and then skedaddling until and unless we have to do it again. Eventually, the Afghans would figure out this terrorist-harboring stuff doesn’t pay. What has paid for their elites, quite handsomely, is our perennial occupation.
And let’s take this thought a step further.
Inexpensive automatic weapons and copious explosives have become the great democratizer of industrial-level violence. What I mean by that is this: 21st Century tech still gives us the decisive and rapid edge at toppling foreign governments, as we saw in both Afghanistan and Iraq, but easy access to 20th Century small arms makes it nearly impossible to conquer foreign peoples. That’s a huge distinction, and one seemingly lost on the Pentagon, the White House, and our endlessly chattering class.
Why? Why, for the love of God, are we still ■■■■■■■ around in Afghanistan? Guess what, kids - IT AIN’T WORKING. Whatever the hell it is we think we’re doing, or are trying to do, it’s not. ■■■■■■■. Working.
It is, however, getting a lot of Americans and scores of Afghans killed. For what? What good are we doing there? Sometimes, some people, just need to be left to their own devices. This seems like one of those times, and these seem like some of those people.