I'm afraid there is going to be a lot of that as the situation in Afghanistan deteriorates further. It's just how politics are done these days unfortunately.The outcome would have been the same if we had stayed 20 more years...and yet our "distinguished" Senator Lindsay Graham blasts President Biden over the withdrawal. Evidently the lives of our soldiers are expendable...
They had 20 years to prepare for this!From our "Who Could Have Foreseen?" Department.
Afghanistan stunned by scale and speed of security forces’ collapse
“There is an acknowledgment on our side that we didn’t foresee this [Taliban] advance, we weren’t comprehensively prepared,” said one official with access to the president.
I am reminded of the scene from the film Fletch in which Chevy Chase is describing the sudden demise of some third-party. The doctor he's talking to says, "What are you talking about. He was dying for years. He died of cancer." Chevy Chase responds "Yes but the very very end was so sudden."They had 20 years to prepare for this!
Maybe things would have turned out better if we had just stayed a few years more.The setback came after a warlord switched sides, as President Ashraf Ghani faces renewed pressure to create common front or resign.www.wsj.com
WASHINGTON—When President Biden this spring announced the decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, his administration expected the Afghan military to defend key cities and perhaps battle the Taliban to a stalemate.
Before the current Taliban offensive, U.S. officials said they didn’t expect the takeover of any provincial capital until fall at the earliest.
Instead, a carefully planned strategy carried out by the Taliban has produced swift battlefield advances, allowing insurgents to seize a succession of provincial capitals since Friday. Three more fell Tuesday, bringing the total to nine, including several major cities.
The latest U.S. intelligence assessment said Kabul could fall to militants in as soon as a month, officials said. U.S. officials now worry that Afghan civilians, soldiers and others will flee the city ahead of a Taliban assault.
Great article. Worth reading every word. The only problem I had with it is the author might have been too critical of the decision makers during the early part of the wars. Those decisions were vastly different from what I would have made ( I would have kicked their arse and left them to pickup the pieces) but I can see why they did what they did. Hindsight is 20/20. At least I hope the leaders of the future can look at the mistakes that were made and learn from them.
It will be. Its a rush to get our people out.It could be Saigon all over again...