The situation that has unfolded in Afghanistan over the past month or so could have been avoided by studying the lessons of American military history. Imposing a change in lifestyle to countries or groups that have no interest in doing so is a counterproductive action and wasteful when the target poses no direct threat to America. This author, the father of a Green Beret who helped train Afghan soldiers years ago – only to see the Afghan army put down their weapons when the Taliban arrived, argues that the loss of life in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait was not worth the gains made. Why subject huge numbers of young Americans to the threat of death when we have remote, economic, and clandestine specialized options.
The Crossroads of Special Operations