August 15 2021 — The US embassy in Kabul warned all Americans to get out on the first available flight. The Embassy has instructed its personnel to destroy sensitive materials. “Please also include items with embassy or agency logos, American flags, or items which could be misused in propaganda efforts.” Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Just last week, a U.S. intelligence estimate claimed that Kabul could hold out for at least three months. This morning,Taliban insurgents have entered the Afghanistan capital while the United States has evacuated the diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.
The only thing that we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. Absolutely nothing…
This crushing defeat is not just the beginning of a humanitarian nightmare. This debacle will have far-reaching consequences for the global fight against Islamist terrorism.
“The history of military conflict in Afghanistan has been one of initial success followed by long years of floundering and ultimate failure. We are not going to repeat that mistake.” — President George W. Bush (April 17 2002)
“America has been fighting in Afghanistan for 20 years. It has spent more than $2trn on the war. It has lost thousands of its own troops and seen the death of tens of thousands of Afghans—soldiers and civilians alike. Now America is calling an end to the whole sorry adventure, with almost nothing to show for it.” — The Economist (Aug. 2021)
People like to say that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan. Maybe… But before the blame game begins, let me say this.
This failure has many fathers, including all these leaders who deluded themselves into believing that the Taliban would agree to negotiate a political settlement with Kabul.
This insane expectation was the final fuck-up in a 20-years long series of fuck-ups.
Zbigniew Brzezinski to the Mujahideen:
“Your cause is right and God is on your side!”
“This will require a review of our policy toward Pakistan, more guarantees to it, and, alas, a decision that our security policy toward Pakistan cannot be dictated by our nonproliferation policy.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski — Letter to US President Jimmy Carter (December 26, 1979)
Dying of the Light (2014) – “I Resign!” Scene
“You fucked this up like you fucked up everything else. You fucked up Iran-Contra, fucked up Ames, 9/11, WMD, Afghanistan, Iraq, Benghazi…
Not, you yourself of course!
You are just the latest in a long line of fuck-ups who turned this agency into a cesspool of politics and special interests on behalf of weapons makers and the surveillance industry who get rich while we get weaker.”
America’s war in Afghanistan is ending in crushing defeat — The Economist
Afghanistan — America’s war ends in humiliating debacle