15 years of utter failure in Afghanistan and the political class still doesn’t get it

It’s hard to conjure up a worse outcome for our investment in Afghanistan than the reality that confronts us today on the fifteenth anniversary of the war. With almost 2,400 dead Americans, 20,000 wounded, and $686 billion (as of 2014) expended towards building a Sharia government in Kabul (cost is exponentially higherwhen non-combat expenditures factored in), the Taliban now control more territory than they did prior to the 2001 invasion. Over 70% of the casualties have been on Obama’s watch, yet because a Democrat is in the White House, it’s as if the war and its quagmire never happened.  Nor do Republicans care to talk about it and hold Obama accountable.

Further disquieting is that fact that this 800-pound gorilla in the room has almost never come up during the course of the presidential election — either in the Republicans primary or general election. Those who decline to observe the failures of Afghanistan are already showing signs of repeating the mistakes elsewhere.

  • andycanuck

    It’s almost as if there’s a double standard involved for a black, leftist Democrat president and a white, moderate Republican one but that couldn’t possibly be possible. I would have read about it in the papers then.

  • simus1

    The CIA were doing a credible low profile job in Afghanistan early on and were summarily shoved aside by all the useless parts of the government that wanted to protect their mutually agreed places at the trough but had nothing realistic to offer. Just like iraq mark one, where any fool could see the only workable solution was a loose tri state federation of shia, sunni, and Kurds with the rough edges smoothed down if need be, by outside forces.

    Doing anything in Pashtunistan was a guaranteed waste of time, lives, and money because of its nefarious connections to Dumpsterstan. Trying to ensure the Russians like Putin were ignored when they weren’t being directly insulted were not the smartest moves ever made either. Nor was the short term thinking regarding the American relations with the states found between Afghanistan and Russia.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The State Department’s knack for cultivating unworthy allies. They never learn and never will until a fresh face occupies the White House who has had nothing to do with the failures of the past.

    • Slickfoot The Deplorable

      The US State Department is, almost by definition a one worlder organization, regardless of who’s in power.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …putting a suit and tie on a chimpanzee has no desired effect…

  • Millie_Woods

    The first 7 years in Afghanistan were not a failure. Iraq was not a failure. Bush was not a failure. Obama is a failure and no amount of lipstick on that pig will make him a success.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Queen Hillary will announce………nothing about Afghanistan for at least 6-8 months. Total media blackout.