The Afghanistan Debacle, One Year Later
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic and embarrassing pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and its fall to the Taliban, it’s clear that those on the left haven’t learned their lessons.
Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Institute gathering of foreign policy leaders last week, Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns said that he was “very proud” of the CIA’s analysis in Afghanistan in the weeks leading up to the Taliban’s lightning-quick takeover of the country.
According to Burns: “As the president has said publicly, none of us anticipated that the Afghan government was going to flee as quickly as it did, that the Afghan military was going to collapse as fast as it did.”
But if no one could see the Afghan government and military buckling like a belt, and if no one could predict the Taliban would gain power so quickly, then what’s to be proud about?
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