And nobody will be, because the rot goes back years and indicts multiple admins and generations of military leaders, not to mention 20 years of congressional apathy.
The Afghanistan withdrawal was completely mishandled. It was far from the only thing mishandled over the course of 20 years. But the right seems to want to believe that failure in Afghanistan started and ended with the Biden withdrawal. This is just absurd.
The military and diplomatic leadership were given a mandate to leave under Trump. They had no intention of leaving, so did nothing while waiting him out. Then they were shocked when Biden, through stubbornness or senility, forced their hand. And they were totally unprepared.
A true reckoning for the withdrawal alone would wreck the elite levels of military and diplomatic leadership. A reckoning for the last 20 years would indict generations of civilian, military, and diplomatic leadership and kick too many former generals off cushy boards.
So 20 years, trillions of dollars, thousands of Americans dead, thousands more Afghan civilians dead, American openly negotiating with the enemy it was told to defeat, and we will have learned nothing. Grappled with nothing. Witnessed accountability for nothing.
I am passionate about a lot of issues in politics, but I don’t often get personally angry about much, otherwise I couldn’t survive my career choice. But I am deeply and profoundly angry about this.

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