Iraq and Afghan Wars: Requiem for America’s Ineffectual War State

by Ronald Enzweiler

Our country’s fruitless multi-trillion-dollar Wars of Choice in Iraq and Afghanistan are finally coming to an end after 20 years. This historic moment is a fitting occasion to review and constructively critique the performance of our country’s foreign policy and military establishments — the key cogs in Washington’s $1.3-trilllion/year War State — in these two inglorious endeavors. … what exactly did the policymakers and generals in charge of conducting the Iran and Afghan wars get wrong — and then lie and mislead us about — at the strategic and tactical level and what does their incompetence and deceit tell us about the efficacy and rationale for Congress’s unchallenged funding of Washington’s $1.3-trillion/year War State?” (07/12/21)