The True Lessons of the Afghan War

Source: Common Dreams
by Rajan Menon

“Disagreements over how to assess the American exodus from Afghanistan have kept the pundits busy these last weeks, even though there wasn’t much to say that hadn’t been said before. For some of them, however, that was irrelevant. Having overseen or promoted the failed Afghan War themselves, all the while brandishing various ‘metrics’ of success, they were engaged in transparent reputation-salvaging. Not surprisingly, the entire spectacle has been tiresome and unproductive. Better to devote time and energy to distilling the Afghan war’s larger lessons. Here are four worth considering.” (09/14/21)