Former State Department official Peter Van Buren writes about the different cultural offramps of the war in Afghanistan, when people realized it was over, and how much sooner it could have ended.
As a diplomat and career Army intelligence officer, James Pardew could see as early as 2005 that the war in Afghanistan was not going as productively as the military brass was trying to sell it.
Critics of the withdrawal from Afghanistan have warned of negative consequences, including the worsening of conditions for the Kabul government. Do they weigh these as worth more than the lives of our soldiers?
Calling the war in Afghanistan "untenable," an editorial from the Chicago Sun-Times says we must do the only thing that makes sense and bring our troops home.
The United States has been defeated in Afghanistan, writes ret. Col. Andrew Bacevich. This should teach us that our military cannot remake the world in our image, nor should it try.
Originally profiled in the NYT before his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, ret. U.S. Army Captain Adrian Bonenberger spoke to journalist Matt Taibbi about his disillusionment with the war, the announcement of the withdrawal, and his reflections a decade later.
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