The sudden and seemingly total collapse of Afghanistan, the way the Taliban are taking immediate control, has kind of surprised me. But, it shouldn’t have. The purpose of the war wasn’t to build up Afghanistan, because apparently that didn’t happen at any point in the last 20 years. So, we’re leaving it as we found it, except with a lot of people dead, a lot of people homeless, physically damaged, and/or traumatized. We’ve spent trillions of dollars, and on what? Military equipment. That a few people made a lot of money on.
It reminds me of Jack Kerouac’s famous drunken comment on the Steve Allen show, I think it was, that the Viet Nam war was a conspiracy between the North and the South to bring a lot of Jeeps into the country, and the evidence of that theory was that they sure did have a lot of jeeps. That was after the days when he was a fiery beat poet and into the days when he was a former fiery beat poet now in his fat alcoholic and maybe brain damaged phase, but I think he was maybe onto something.
It seems that modern warfare is nothing but a scam to funnel a lot of money into companies like Boeing, and Lockheed, and Raytheon, and a few others. It seems that way because that’s the only objective that has been achieved.
That’s the lesson of Afghanistan.