Obviously Afghanistan has been the primary focal point in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001 when the United States was attacked and about 3,000 people were murdered. The US government identified Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization based in and allied with the Taliban, the Islamic government in Afghanistan, as the perpetrators of the attacks. While political and military mistakes have been made in this 10 year conflict, we have been successful and destroying the violent Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership and allowing a government friendly to its neighbors to hopefully evolve. This evolution will take time and be difficult, so our commitment should not waver, but our need for regular military forces in Afghanistan has ended. Continuing to watch and appropriately react to developments in Afghanistan will be an important political issue.

Continuing Embarrassment

from The Gray Area:
Afghanistan was & continues to be an American embarrassment.  Defeat pulled from the jaws of victory! And the stories just keep on coming..... As posted August 16, 2021, this entire episode is typified by Incompetence & failure. Other than those in the Biden Administration, did this outcome in Afghanistan surprise anyone? No. Nicely Done, Biden! This was the cover of The New York Post as dead Americans were flown home. Then, there was this incompetence from military leadership: Then, in the Afghanistan report, Biden Administration blames Trump! Apparently Afghans are still fighting. I guess Gen. Austin lied. And, the media just covered up the embarrassment. Don't forget all this when you reflect on American foreign policy, credibility and current leadership. As bad as the Vietnam evacuation and just as embarrassing and both were self inflicted.

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