The war in Afghanistan officially ended on Sunday. It lasted 13 years, the longest armed conflict in American history. The number of American and NATO soldiers killed was some 3,500.
Once again, the United States ends a costly war far short of victory. In fact, the Taliban is claiming victory. Are they pretty much right? Is it worth getting into wars like this one and Iraq, which had a similar ending? And yet, if this is peace, it’s a strange one, with 13,000 troops remaining in Afghanistan to train local forces and with combat operations continuing, sort of, against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. [Read more...]