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Why the Fall of Afghanistan Should be a Harsh Lesson to the United States Government and Military

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 24, 2021 01:08

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After 20 years of being free from Taliban rule under United States and western military occupation, almost all of Afghanistan has fallen back into the hands of the infamous Islamic extremist group in a matter of weeks.

The catastrophic fall of Afghanistan has not just been a disappointment for the good abiding citizens of Afghanistan, but for the American public as well. Almost trillions were spent on the “War on Terror” and a lot of money, resources and lives of American soldiers seems to have been wasted with the country being captured in a quick manner.

While the United States shouldn’t be 100% blamed for the controversial foreign interventions they participated in, the constant trend of unrest like we see in Afghanistan again exposes the negative impact of United States foreign policy over the years.

After the campaign failures in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, it has become apparent that immediate catastrophes and instability instantly occur once the United States leaves each country they have occupied.

The scenes of trepidation from local Afghans trying to flee from Taliban rule as they fear violent consequences, especially those that helped the United States, are strikingly similar to the scenes of panic when Southern Vietnamese rushed to escape Saigon when North Vietnamese troops were edging closer to retake Saigon in 1975.

In contrast to the resistance in Vietnam, Afghanistan's military and government were shattered much more rapidly as the Taliban walked into the major cities of Afghanistan without facing much of a fight.

You can blame the ANA (Afghanistan National Army) for not mostly engaging in any serious combat, but some reports have indicated that some in the Afghan government collaborated with the Taliban to force the military to lay down their arms. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is one of the most notable names, who was rumored to have fled the country with hundred million dollars of cash, leaving his people at the hands of the potentially merciless Taliban.

Regardless, a lot of this responsibility still ultimately lies in the hands of the United States for not assuring a competent Afghan government that would protect its own citizens and never think of secretly making deals with groups like the Taliban.

If there is one silver lining that can come from this tragic event, it would be that hopefully, the United States stays away from  “nation-building” and getting involved in military conflicts in the future unless there is a very reasonable excuse to do so. The nightmare we are witnessing in Kabul is hopefully a final lesson for America about the tragic effects United States foreign policy has had on many of these countries' civilians and their ability to govern without conflict.

From the wasted efforts of the countless soldiers who were deployed throughout the 20-year stay to the sacrifices also made by ANA troops to instill stability in their homeland, the fall of Afghanistan is a heartbreaking ending to those who tried to fight for the ambition to achieve a stable country devoid of violence and oppression.
   

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 24, 2021 01:08

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