America’s eternal war in Afghanistan could soon be over. President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw the 2,500 US troops remaining in Afghanistan by September 11th – symbolically, of course. After two decades, the end should have come sooner.
“We went to Afghanistan because of a terrible attack 20 years ago. That cannot explain why we should stay there in 2021, « said the president on Wednesday.
As the president stated in his remarks, it has actually been 10 years since Osama bin Laden was killed. Al Qaeda was almost destroyed. Afghanistan now has 300,000 military personnel of its own. The US continues to have extensive capacity to counter legitimate terrorist threats in Afghanistan and abroad.
For many years, the US’s precise mission has been vaguely defined at best.
As the Washington Post in 2019 citing internal Documents revealed by the Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, senior US officials have long doubted the purpose of the war in Afghanistan and misled the American public about its real success on the ground. « The Afghanistan Papers, » such as they were named document how poorly the mission was defined for those who were to lead it. Widespread corruption rates, cynicism about exactly where US money is going, and even confusion about who exactly the “bad guys” are were also documented.
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John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, testified in 2020 that US officials lied publicly on issues ranging from the number of Afghan children going to school to improving Afghan life expectancy / p> After two decades of such failure, many deaths, and many hundreds of billions of dollars in waste, Biden realizes that the US has been dragged into a doomed pattern in Afghanistan for too long military presence in Afghanistan in the hope of creating ideal conditions for the withdrawal and expect a different outcome, « he said.
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