Plenty of post-mortems on US war in Afghanistan but little sign of self-reflection

A US Marine assisting at an evacuation control checkpoint at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug 26, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - The security and foreign policy community in Washington is up to its elbows in post-mortems of the United States' war in Afghanistan, as the Biden administration tries to snatch a semblance of respect from the jaws of defeat with its Herculean effort to airlift tens of thousands out of Kabul.

So is the media, though it is by nature mostly fixated on the immediacy of the news cycle. As usual, real historical context is at best sporadic, and the 170 Afghans killed by an Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) suicide bomber at the gates of Kabul airport are mostly a footnote to the deaths of 13 American troops in that attack.

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