Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Afghanistan: Biden’s denial of responsibility

August 17, 2021 By Abraham H. Miller

There will be blood! That’s the one thing that can be said with any certainty about the catastrophe in Afghanistan. The ensuing question, of course, is who is responsible for the inevitable bloodletting?

The Taliban obviously. Their record for savagery long precedes the current debacle. But the cast of characters is much larger. There are a series of corrupt Afghan governments that despite the deluge of American treasure and blood failed to create a meaningful military force. There were the neo-cons whose delusion of regime change and nation building appealed to American hubris but had no correspondence to political realities.

There was the American failure to acknowledge history. Afghanistan has always been the graveyard of empires. Ask the British and the Russians or Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great.

But most of all there is the Biden administration that conducted an asymmetric negotiation in Doha for withdrawal without getting anything meaningful in return. The agreed upon intra-Afghan negotiations will not take place...........To Read More.....


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