The U.S. exercise in futility in Afghanistan will be 10 years old tomorrow. Nobody knows why U.S. soldiers, Afghan soldiers and Afghan civilians are dying, but this imperial folly grinds on.
And just about everyone understands, in one way or another, that this is madness.
- Terry Gross of NPR recently interviewed Mark Mazzetti, a New York Times journalist who shared a Pulitzer in 2009 for reporting from the war. Neither of them seems to be a strong critic of U.S. power projection. That only makes this exchange more poignant.
- Harvard Professor Steve Walt, an exponent of international relations realism, is more direct. He is willing to say that the war is a stupid, costly defeat for the United States.
- We the people have had enough of the Afghanistan war.