Further Reflections On The Afghan Debacle

Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“For most Americans, Afghanistan became an issue in 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attack. A few Americans might think back further, to Washington’s backing for Islamic insurgents against the Soviet Union. Virtually no one — other than a few CIA retirees, perhaps, and conspiracy-tinged political activists — likely remember U.S. support for Afghan rebels before Moscow’s intervention. Consider what that seemingly modest step has wrought. One of the defining characteristics of U.S. foreign policy is a focus on intentions, always good, rather than consequences, usually bad. Washington solons determine policy in the here and now, with little thought to the future. The bipartisan war lobby bombs, invades, and occupies a country, wins a publicity boost, and then moves on. So many enemies to crush, so little time.” (11/18/21)