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white2  ·  366 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: US sends troops to Kabul to evacuate some embassy staff

It sucks to see this, but it's not surprising. It takes a fair bit of magical thinking to believe that long term positive results will come from Army infantry captains/lieutenants attempting to build a market economy in a mud-brick village in an otherwise deserted valley with conventional units while the Taliban descend from the hills to plant bombs every night. Or that these guys

had the will or ability to hold off these guys

At least it's over?