by John Rubino
The disturbing thing about America’s Vietnam-style departure from Afganistan is not that the Taliban are back in charge. If the 2001 invasion had never happened, they’d be in charge. And if the US had pulled out at any time in the intervening two decades they’d be in charge. So that was pretty much a done deal no matter how well or badly the US played its hand.
What should scare the hell out of anyone who values a more-or-less orderly world is the message America’s apparent incompetence sends to the other predators out there. This message is: The US is run by people who lack a clear sense of their own interests and therefore have no idea how to defend those interests.