Once The Embassy is Cleared, Can We All Come Home From Afghanistan?

20 Years and A Couple of Trillion Dollars Later…

Doug Harris
3 min readAug 15, 2021


The Fall of Saigon… er, Afghanistan (Mahablog.com)


The Afghan government has collapsed. After two decades of war with American-led forces, the Taliban’s conquest of the country is all but complete.

Sunday, August 15, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Well, that’s done.

“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country,” Mr. Biden said in a statement Saturday. “And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”

And it hasn’t been acceptable to millons of Americans for quite a long time — not counting the hundreds (thousands!) of parents and loved ones of military and support personnel shipped home from there in boxes. To them — many of them, anyway — the whole exercise has been a heart-wrenching disaster.

For every one of the 20 years the United States was investing vast sums of money and manpower into an unwinnable war in Afghanistan, Joe Biden was right up there on the front line — where decisions were made to remain in a land where [1] we truly have no skin (other than our troops) in the game, [2] the local government is unwilling to exert any real effort on its own behalf, and [3] the troops we’ve spend millions — billions! — ‘training’ are, clearly, untrainable.

He saw decisions made, probably voted in favor a few times.

Older and Wiser?

Sometimes, though, people do get wiser as they get older — able to see, in this instance, a lost cause being repeatedly kicked down the road, in the wake of more and more dollars and human life, for nothing.

Still, today, the day it was announced that the Afghan government has fallen and Taliban has taken over the bulk of the country, Biden is being criticized for… what? Pulling our troops out? Failing to continue to defend an undefendable state?



Doug Harris

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