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Our Afghanistan foe, on our payroll: The U.S. must confront Pakistan or pay the price

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25.08.2021

President Biden last week urged that we wait before beginning an accountability process to determine who made the mistakes that led to what the cover of The Economist magazine calls “Biden’s Debacle” in Afghanistan. Congressional committees, headed up by Democratic congressmen and senators, are gearing up to begin their investigations soon.

What they will likely determine is that the civilian National Security Council leaders are, as a group, inexperienced as managers of difficult contingency operations, better at giving advice about grand strategy, where it is always difficult to determine performance, than at making the complex machinery of national security work. They were willing to accept a plan that called for getting the U.S. military out before American civilians and our Afghan dependents, a proposal so obviously unworkable that it is hard to imagine any experienced operator not laughing it out of the Situation Room.

What congressional committees should not overlook, however, is the role of another nation in bringing about the rapid fall of the Afghan military and government. It was not our traditional adversaries, Russia, China or Iran, that pushed over the Kabul house of cards, although they all have played a part in undermining the U.S. and NATO missions in Afghanistan. No, it was Pakistan, a........

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