When I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2001 it was clear to me that the cultural gap between America and Afghanistan was as deep as the English channel.

So it’s no surprise to me that 20 years later the Taliban are more powerful than ever and the American and Allied house of cards has come tumbling down like a sandcastle washed away by the rising tide.

I’ve been writing about this for years now.

Who’s to blame?


Plenty of Blame to Go Around

Ultimately, the president is responsible but it’s easy to just blame him. This is especially true if you’re making an emotionally charged decision which is understandable given the current fiasco: 12 dead Marines and one Navy Corpsman, and our political duopoly that has us equally divided into two teams in America.

However, it’s not that simple.

U.S. military leadership at the top shares a large part, if not most of, the blame for decades of poor decision-making.