3 min read.Updated: 11 Jul 2021, 10:36 PM ISTPankaj Mishra
An intellectual failure of the US to grasp complexities was evident
The US military is retreating from Afghanistan as the Taliban make rapid gains. Last week, it slipped away from the Bagram airbase near Kabul in the dead of night, without informing its Afghan allies. The strange thing about the grim endgame to this war is that every aspect of it was predictable from the start. Yet, false assumptions and a lack of awareness still fuelled a ruinous undertaking that cost innumerable lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, and arguably left Afghanistan worse off than before.