It Didn’t Have to Be Like This

So. Let’s talk about Afghanistan. It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since Kabul fell to the Taliban, bringing down with it what was left of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Like with so many other things from the past couple years, it simultaneously feels like that event occurred only yesterday and also yearsContinue reading “It Didn’t Have to Be Like This”

Counterinsurgency: The Impossible War?

The time has finally come, apparently. After almost twenty years of  turning many purported corners towards victory, the United States and its allies have decided to withdraw their combined military forces from Afghanistan. President Joe Biden announced this move on April 14th, 2021, with the intent of completing the withdrawal by September 11th, 2021 (aContinue reading “Counterinsurgency: The Impossible War?”

War: The Chronic Condition

If you don’t want to read this whole essay: tl;dr war isn’t going anywhere. I feel like I’ve already said this ad nauseum in the first few essays I’ve posted here – and rest assured, it is not going to be the last time I say it. But after thinking about both of those points,Continue reading “War: The Chronic Condition”