The fall of Afghanistan: Service can’t review its own performance. An independent civilian commission is necessary.

The Army Needs to Understand the Afghanistan Disaster
by Frank Sobchak and Matthew Zais
September 8, 2021

The U.S. war in Af­ghanistan was a costly fail­ure. More than 2,400 Amer­i­cans died dur­ing the two-decade con­flict. Tens of thou­sands more re­turned home with life-al­ter­ing wounds. The Kabul gov­ern­ment col­lapsed be­fore Amer­i­can forces had with­drawn and the Afghan Army sim­ply evap­o­rated. The Tal­iban marked its vic­tory with cel­e­bra­tory gun­fire and pa­rades. This dis­as­trous out­come de­serves an hon­est reck­on­ing. Such in­tro­spec­tion is es­pe­cially needed within the U.S. Army, which pro­vided most of the mis­sion com­man­ders and a ma­jor­ity of the troops. Un­for­tu­nately, there is lit­tle in­cen­tive for ei­ther the ser­vice’s lead­ers or bu­reau­cracy to con­duct such an in­quiry. READ MORE

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