I have posted a bonus podcast episode today. Episode 4, originally released in April of 2019, had awful audio quality, and I recorded without a script. I have gone back and rewritten the episode to be more concise and coherent, and with better quality.
I have all 17 livestreams uploaded to the new channel, and the first 7 podcast episodes. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbL-6MytPZ8n8FXE6MmJ8NQ
The fall of Afghanistan and the failure of our long mission there raises several hard questions that all Americans must consider:
Why have we thrown away so many lives in the cause of nation-building abroad?
Why are our leaders so invested in foreign wars, even in the face of mass public opposition?
Why did the United States – the greatest country in the history of the world – fail to accomplish its missions in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or the many other places to which our troops have been deployed?
A new essay at Decline & Fall:
This episode has been a long time coming. I have had a draft waiting for more than two years, but the events in Kabul this month convinced me that now was the time to talk about America's forever wars.
Our loss in Afghanistan in the summer of 2021 marks the end of the longest military engagement in American history. What did we gain in the mountains of the Hindu Kush? Why did we think we could succeed where Britain and Russia both failed spectacularly? Why do our leaders insist on indefinite military deployments throughout the entire world?
For immediate release: Episode 67 of the Decline and Fall of the United States of America: Endless War.