Thursday, December 24, 2015

The graveyard of empires strikes again

How, exactly, is this failure to win in Afghanistan even remotely surprising, considering the past failures of the British and Soviet empires there?
Taliban outlast 14 years of U.S. combat in Afghanistan

The sudden killings of six American service members on a foot patrol by a suicide bomber this week is a graphic message back home that the Taliban are durable, able to launch a number of coordinated attacks in recent months across Afghanistan 14 years after the U.S. invasion.

A Pentagon report calls the security situation “fragile” and writes of the Taliban’s “resilience throughout the second half of the year.”
Perhaps they are unaware of our superior technology? Or perhaps we simply aren't trying hard enough. Here is the thing. If you can't win in nearly four times the amount of time it took to force both Japan and Nazi Germany to surrender, you can't win, period.

So stop already. Declare victory if you must, even if no one will believe it. But stop!