Biden is far from the first to lie, obfuscate, and mislead on Afghanistan. He’s part of a long line of well-documented falsehoods stretching back almost 20 years. Everyone knew the Afghan Army was a disaster and the government was corrupt, but they moved ahead anyway, wasting billions of dollars and costing thousands of lives, ending… Continue reading Afghanistan: Why would we believe a word the President or the entire government says at this point?
Our failure in Afghanistan is the result of policy goals that could never be achieved and lies to cover up our failure to achieve them. Unfortunately, this pattern isn’t limited to the Middle East. It infects just about everything, from our response to coronavirus to climate change, we’re always planning to do the impossible, then… Continue reading Afghanistan: Lofty dreams and outright lies, the wreckage of neoconservatism and its lessons for our entire approach to government