We Shouldn’t Have But We Did: In Defense of Having Gone and Stayed

Protest in Kabul (From Sky News)

No, we did not invade Afghanistan to liberate women and girls from the Taliban. Yes, for much of the outlying rural population in particular, nothing much changed, and they bore the brunt of the long war. (Taliban fighters have wives and children, too.) Yes, the governments we installed and maintained were mostly corrupt and incompetent. All of this is true.

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Mark Olmsted

Mark Olmsted

Author, "Ink from the Pen," about my 9 months using creativity as the ultimate survival tool behind bars.