For John, BLUF: The attack on 11 September 2001 was a traumatic event for almost everyone in the United States, and the larger West. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Today is the 18th Anniversary of the 9/11Attack.
A terrible event. And now, 18 years on, do we still want to be fighting in Afghanistan? In The LA Times Retired Historian and Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich talks about pulling out of Afghanistan.
Here is the sub-headline:
When Americans finally leave Afghanistan, we won’t look back. It will be Vietnam all over again.
Ending a war with someone who has a radically different view of culture and government can be difficult and the outcome may not be what we desire. However, this isn't World War II and we are not going to crush the opposition, the way we did Japan and Germany.
The other side of the coin is that we need to do some strategic study, thinking about what is the best way to engage in these kinds of wars.
That is, we need to ask, now, what we will do the next time. There will be a next time, because the ISIS crowd is intolerant and we are not knuckling under.
Yes, I am a Viet-nam Veteran, and was part of the force supporting Cambodian forces against the Khmer Rouge, by flying Close Air Support and Air Interdiction missions. I was not there for the last day of Us Operations, having chosen to take leave and avoid the reporters, lest I say something untoward.
Regards — Cliff