I don’t think there was ever a way this was going to end well. Obama should have just declared victory and got out after Bin Laden was killed. And it is equally sad to see Biden persist with the BS that the Potemkin Afghan troops were ready to assume control.
By staying in the place we made matters worse. We did the same in Iraq.
In 1952 a poll was taken in India. One of questions asked of thousands of Indians all over the subcontinent was: Have things improved since the British left? To the astonishment of the pollsters 67% of those questioned indicated they were unaware that the British had ever ruled India. The British were far smarter in these matters than we realize.Look at FM Templar’s conduct during the Malayan Emergency. It all fell on deaf ears.
And while I am by no means an advocate for imperialism, it is also worth noting that during WWII, the Wehrmacht governed most of Europe with minor difficulties for almost 5 years. Why? all of the occupied states’ maintained their own police, administration and modest militaries. Germans administered thru them. The numbers of German troops in all except France was surprisingly modest. As a result, the Soviet-Sponsored guerrilla forces were remarkably ineffective as a result up through the fall of 1944. In Western Europe the resistance was a joke until we landed in Normandy, and the Russians exhausted the Germans in the East.
We are always too intrusive wherever we go. We dismantle everything with the goal of building new and better administrations. We forget that people want to be governed by their own people regardless of how bad their own may be. The Iranians won power in Iraq because they wore an indigenous face. We lost everywhere because we wore uniforms, carried guns and were seen constantly thanks to raids, patrols and checkpoints. The US generals were always bullies who behaved and thought like dumb cops.
When the truth is ugly only a lie is beautiful. Americans always prefer the pleasant lie.
Tim Dillon – a WONDERFUL “Afghanistan withdrawal” song (for Heroin and Pedophile Warlords) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVMvq6N8psc
"Look at FM Templar’s conduct during the Malayan Emergency." --- I am one of the probably very few who have no idea what happened.... Can somebody explain?