Afghanistan: Two Implications for National Defense

Source: Independent Institute
by Randall G Holcombe

“The United States faces no threat of actual invasion, so we do not need a military force to protect our borders. One lesson from Afghanistan is that it is very difficult to take over another nation. If the United States, the most powerful nation in the world, could not take over and control Afghanistan after a 20-year effort, what chance would any other nation have of invading and taking control of the United States? The reason we have a military is not to defend our shores, it is to fight wars overseas to protect our interests abroad. Therein lies a second lesson from Afghanistan: our military is not very effective at doing that either.” (08/27/21)