Everywhere he visited, "the tactical situation was bad to abysmal."
Afghanistan's government can't "provide for the basic needs of the people." At times, local security forces collude with insurgents.
Davis hoped to learn something positive. He "witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level." One senior enlisted leader spoke for others. He hoped to get out alive in one piece.
Why war continues remains for Obama to explain. He dissembles instead.
Afghanistan is strategically important. It straddles the Middle East, South and Central Asia. It's in the heart of Eurasia.
Occupation projects America's military might. It targets Russia, China, Iran, and other oil-rich Middle East States. It furthers Washington's imperium. It prioritizes unchallenged global dominance.
China and Russia matter most. Allied they rival US superpower strength. Beijing is economically robust. Russia's nuclear capability and military pose the only threat to America's formidable might.
Russia is also resource rich. Its oil reserves are vast. Its natural gas supply is the world's largest. Expect neither country to roll over for Washington. They're a vital last line of defense.
More on Washington's plans below. A previous article discussed Afghanistan's troubled history.
In his book titled, "Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire," John Pilger addressed it, saying:
"Through all the humanitarian crises in living memory, no country has been abused and suffered more, and none has been helped less than Afghanistan."
For centuries, Afghans endured what few can imagine. Marauding armies besieged cities, slaughtered thousands, and caused vast destruction.
Great Game 19th century struggles followed. Wars, devastation, and deplorable human misery reflect daily life for millions. America bears full responsibility now.
Wherever US forces show up, mass killings, destruction and incalculable human misery follow. After over 11 years of war and occupation, Afghans perhaps suffer most of all.
Living conditions are deplorable. Millions remain displaced. Makeshift dwellings substitute for real ones. Little protection from harsh Afghan weather is afforded. People freeze to death in winter.
Dozens of children die daily. Millions have little or no access to clean water. Life expectancy is one of the world's lowest. Infant mortality is one of the highest. So is pre-age five mortality. Electricity is scarce.