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I think the headline and your lede are unfair to the objective of Miller's plan as outlined in the article. Austin Bay makes the case for a similar Afghan strategy. Eight hundred guys in a secure location is quite different from tens of thousands of US and EU troops exposed across the countryside in a vain attempt to create a nation. Hindsight is 20/20 but there were people talking about this strategy right from 2002. The hubris of the W administration was compounded by the Democrat's politicization of Afghanistan as the 'good' war vs the 'bad' war in Iraq to create a situation where a logical shift in strategy would be considered a 'defeat' and unacceptable to a county that still doesn't recognize how unusual the ending of WWII was. Trump was probably guilty of overselling what he was doing but the strategy had proven to be able to keep Afghanistan stable while allowing us to project power in the region with a minimum of casualties.
I don't know, does Lara Logan make her case or not?
It would explain the peculiar bug out from the Bagram airbase in the middle of the night and leaving the cache of weapons, assuming that it's true. It is hard to believe that the Biden administration and the Deep State would undergo the humiliation. How do they benefit or is someone playing 3-D chess with them? I don't know enough about the ME to say.
What I've pieced together from various statements plus a little bit of extrapolation is that Austin, Milley, and Blinken rolled Biden sometime before May into continuing negotiations with the Taliban. Then, as things started to go to s#!t for the Democrats this summer, somebody decided that the inevitable "20 years and we're still in Afghanistan" articles were going to be a really bad addition to their troubles and getting the majority of troops out before 11 September 2021 so Biden could declare "Mission Accomplished" became priority #1. This deadline was inconsistent with a properly planned and executed retrograde, especially one that used Bagram because that would require more troops to secure and running convoys to get people out of Kabul. So the plan became pull the troops down to the minimum needed to secure the embassy and AKIA, click your heels together three times, and hope the phoney-baloney CIA estimates that the Afghans could hold Kabul for 90 days were accurate. As they say, hope is not a plan...
Thanks for the link feeblemind.
Always remind our military friends (and family members) that the mistakes resulting in bad support of Afghanistan (and Iraq, and Vietnam) we’re made by the commanders who took their eye off of the mission(s) goals. The failure was not because of the dedication and effort that our brave legions provided.
The leaders of the usa and its military leaders failed and they should step up and take the blame.
Easy enough to take back Bagram. It’s what airborne is all about. Running convoys stuffed with morons, commanded by officers denied any realistic ROE and we pile failure on failure and this time everyone watches the wheels come off the elite parachute infantry in real time.
I don’t have any sympathy for anybody but the Marines and soldiers holding the ground around Kabul. Any American civilians there now are from the very shallow end of the gene pool: to fail to see this coming.