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Society & Culture

Afghanistan’s Depraved Opportunism

In “Staying the Course in Afghanistan: How to Fight the Longest War,” published in the November/December 2017 Foreign Affairs, retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and one Kosh Sadat, both employed by the eponymous McChrystal Group, argue for the United States to pursue more war in Afghanistan.  Apparently, 16 years of American aggression there hasn’t been quite enough.  The two authors take their cue from another American patriot, Pakistan’s retired chief of army staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who warned them, “For the mission you’ve been given, you have the right strategy.  But it won’t work, because you don’t have enough time.”  If 16 years isn’t enough time to win a war, then Ashfaq Parvez Kayani needs to buy a new carbon dating machine.

The United States acted with complete justification in attacking Afghanistan shortly after September 11.  Early reports at that time indicated that U.S. troops killed 90 percent of the savages we had targeted in the first six months of our operation.  Despite the enormity of the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., Americans preferred to play nice and not demand an unconditional surrender from Afghanistan.  Our success at that time nonetheless justified our immediate departure.  But in the intervening decade and a half, the United States’ mission in the Graveyard of Empires...

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