Friday, July 02, 2021

Winding down at last?

It was ten years and two days ago that I wrote:
"Personally, I don't think Iraq should have ever happened and Afghanistan should have been a punitive expedition where we toppled the Taliban, shot up the countryside, and tossed the keys to the country to whoever wanted them, along with a note that said "Don't make us come back here.""
I still think we should have looked under every bed in the country for OBL and, when we didn't find him, we should have tossed the keys to a UN peacekeeping force and gone home.

Well, now it looks like we're finally giving up the whole thing as a bad idea, for reals this time.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s district administrator for Bagram, Darwaish Raufi, said the American departure was d one overnight without any coordination with local officials, and as a result early Friday dozens of local looters stormed through the unprotected gates before Afghan forces regained control.

“They were stopped and some have been arrested and the rest have been cleared from the base,” Raufi told The Associated Press, adding that the looters ransacked several buildings before being arrested and the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) took control.

“Unfortunately the Americans left without any coordination with Bagram district officials or the governor’s office,” Raufi said. “Right now our Afghan security forces are in control both inside and outside of the base.”

The deputy spokesman for the defense minister, Fawad Aman, said nothing of the early morning looting. He said only the base has been handed over and the “ANDSF will protect the base and use it to combat terrorism.”
I sincerely hope we expedite doing right by interpreters and others who we'd otherwise leave swinging in the breeze when the inevitable Taliban-crewed T72 smashes through the US embassy gates in Kabul.