As a citizenry we left the war to the professionals while outsourcing responsibility for oversight to politicians who spent most of their time on the domestic agenda which drives re-election efforts. Between the citizenry, the politicians, and the professionals, Afghanistan was left simmering on the back burner, and we lost the plot on what we were there to do and why.
Check out this article we wrote for our friends at Quadrant Magazine in Australia! https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/08/warlord-diplomacy-now-the-real-struggle-begins/
The Taliban’s Pending Economic Crisis
Anti-Taliban resistance rallies in the Panjshir Valley. Just because the Taliban are in Kabul doesn’t mean the fighting is over