Afghanistan: Three Unlearned Lessons

Source: Nonzero Newsletter
by Robert Wright

“As America’s longest [sic] war officially ends, expect to see a lot of ‘lessons learned from Afghanistan’ pieces. Here is my candidate for most important lesson learned: that we never learn our lessons. Some of the biggest mistakes America made in Afghanistan over the past 20 years are mistakes America has made — and famously made — in previous military engagements. Some of them have also been made by other countries in their own massively destructive wars — wars that either began for no good reason or were prolonged for no good reason or both. When it comes to war, our species seems a little slow on the uptake.” (08/30/21)