President Donald Trump is hesitating to agree to thousands of additional troops
for the war in Afghanistan as recommended by his secretary of defense and national
security adviser, according to a New
York Times report over the weekend.
So, it’s a good time to put aside, for a moment, the troop request itself and
focus on why the United States has been fighting the Taliban since 2001 – and
losing to them for well over a decade.
Some of the war managers would argue that the United States has never had enough
troops or left them in Afghanistan long enough. But those very figures are openly
calling for an indefinite neocolonial US military presence. The real reason
for the fundamental weakness of the US-NATO war is the fact that the United