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I could write a lot, but I won’t. It’s been written before.
“We” stopped trying to win this war a decade ago. One day, the Afghan war stopped being a war, and many of us pretended not to notice.
I’ll just put a marker down here that we lack even the will to actually leave. Would that we could simply check out of that roach motel in whatever idiotic fashion is required, and then see no more headlines about it, but I don’t think we will.
One day, the Roman Empire ceased to exist and nobody noticed at the time.
We also stopped being the kind of country that can win any war; the will is absent. We are no longer a people, but a collection of peoples who do not much like each other. There is no “we.”
The Taliban and their adjacencies will claim that they stared down the U.S. and won. I used to say “No, we were defeated internally!” But why should they care? They’re not wrong; we just don’t like how their version sounds.
Well, I keep mulching this text, but it remains compost. I’m worked up about this. You know what I’ll do about it? Absolutely nothing.Published in