The Leader of the Taliban Got It Right, Partially

“As for the United States’ future in Afghanistan, it will be fire and hell and total defeat, God willing, as it was for their predecessors-the Soviets and, before them, the British.” – Mohammad Omar.

Never in a million years did I think I’d be sitting here in my home office beginning a story with a quote from Mullah Omar and agreeing with him. The man was evil (after all, he did found the Taliban), but he knew his history. We weren’t forced out of Afghanistan so much as we cut and ran. I’m not sure that’s much better.

As the National Interest reminds us, Afghanistan has been invaded countless times through the centuries, but it never truly was conquered. Over the years, every city, town, and village became a fortress. All generations of Afghans knew war and repelling invaders were in their DNA.

Who were we to think we’d waltz in and…hold on a second, why were we there in the first place? We’ll have to think back over 20 years to get the answer to that question. It sure wasn’t to conquer the nation.