Did We Learn Anything from Afghanistan?

Noted Political Analyst takes a deep probe into why we lost and could never win in Afghanistan
By: Hutchinson Ebooks
LOS ANGELES - Aug. 18, 2021 - PRLog -- Noted political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson says the quick collapse of the US-backed Afghan government was a foregone conclusion. Former President Trump knew that would be a possibility and made a serious effort to negotiate with the Taliban on an exit strategy. President Biden went further and finally made the decision to withdraw.

In his new ebook, Did We Learn Anything from Afghanistan? , Hutchinson notes, "The US shelled out nearly two trillion dollars, put tens of thousands of US combat boots on the ground there, used some of the world's most futuristic communications, satellite, and drone technology, made a massive commitment to train and equip an Afghan army and government. In the end, this meant absolutely nothing. "

"The Afghan war was never winnable and was a war that should never have been fought purely on military grounds, Hutchinson asserts," The roots of the war began with the decision by President Bush Jr.to target Afghanistan as the incubator of global terrorism. Though that was never conclusively proven, Bush plunged ahead and committed countless American lives and dollars to the doomed fight.

Bush's exit from the White House didn't alter the US's misguided resolve to realign Afghanistan firmly within the American political orbit. Then came President Obama. He made it clear that Afghanistan, not Iraq, was the war that the US should fight and win. He upped the stakes. He poured in even more troops and committing more massive spending to fight the war and put in place a stable pro-American government in Kabul. He had no more success than Bush, says Hutchinson.

Did We Learn Anything from Afghanistan? is a compilation of op-ed articles in the Huff Post by political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson. They were written between 2009 and 2011 at the time of the greatest military troop escalation in Afghanistan.

Hutchinson assesses why the war was doomed to fail, compares the Afghan failure with that of failed American interventions in Vietnam and other countries. He details the financial and military cost of the war and the flawed decision-making behind it. He asks what has, if anything, the US learned from spending trillions of dollars and deploying thousands of troops and sustaining legions of military and civilian casualties, in yet another failed foreign adventure?

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