Viet Nam 2.0

Most Boomers are familiar with this phrase: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, and any Boomer who finds surprising the following quote from a NYT analysis has not been paying attention:

Richard Fontaine, the chief executive of the Center for a New American Security, an influential Washington think tank that specializes in national security, wrote that in the end, the 20-year symbiosis between the United States and the Afghan government it stood up, supported and ushered through elections had broken down.

“Those highlighting the Afghan government’s military superiority — in numbers, training, equipment, air power — miss the larger point,” he wrote recently. “Everything depends on the will to fight for the government. And that, it turns out, depended on U.S. presence and support. We’re exhorting the Afghans to show political will when theirs depends on ours. And ours is gone.”

Boomer sisters and brothers, once again, Americans are confronted with these two realities:

1) The American military-industrial complex is insane (thanks for the characterization, Ike).

2) “Created by wars that required it, the machine now created wars it required” (Joseph Schumpeter).

Let us never forget how many of our brothers and sisters were put in harm’s way by this insanity, and let us never forget the courage of those who gave their lives for America.

For a detailed analysis that should be referred to daily by any delusional American, leader or not, who supports nation building overseas: America’s Afghan War: A Defeat Foretold?

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