Fareed Zakaria spoke today on his CNN show about the Afghanistan War, which began on October 7, 2001, after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
We still have more than 8,000 troops engaged in a war that never has really ended, and it is the longest war in American history.
About $800 billion has been spent fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda, but one cannot say that the war has been won, or will ever be won.
2,249 Americans have paid the ultimate price, in a quagmire that is unwinnable with troops, by any sensible measure of success.
The Soviet Union collapsed by 1991, partly due to the invasion of Afghanistan that went on from December 1979 February 1989.
The British tried to gain control of Afghanistan as part of the British Empire and failed, and the same for Alexander the Great in ancient times.
The loss of life and treasure is enough, and the US should stop their ground war in Afghanistan, and utilize drones as the only worthwhile investment, since the government of Afghanistan is hopelessly corrupt and unable to win the war, with no one really knowing what “winning” means in any case!