Monday, May 25, 2015

So There Was A Happy Ending Then

Back before a few hundred hippies opposed the Iraq war, a few dozen suggested that maybe going to war in Afghanistan wasn't necessarily such a great idea. Obviously after 9-11 you weren't going to get much traction by arguing we didn't have any right to kick somebody's ass, but the Very Serious People weren't going to even consider that there were better options. It's been 13+ years, and, well, how did it all work out then?
KABUL, Afghanistan — Facing a fierce Taliban offensive across a corridor of northern Afghanistan, the government in Kabul is turning to a strategy fraught with risk: forming local militias and beseeching old warlords for military assistance, according to Afghan and Western officials.

Pretty well, I guess.