He now tries to put all this into perspective. There "is a sweeping message from our Afghan allies. To the extent that bullets can be translated into words, that message, uncompromising and bloody-minded, would be something like: your mission's failed, get out or die." This message went out to Alexander, the Great, the British Empire, and the Soviet Empire. Message received and reluctantly understood after countless military defeats. Now the message is being sent to the American Empire, and, after eleven years of abject failure, no one is home.
Engelhardt concludes, "If the Aurora shootings got all the attention here [recently], far more Americans are dying at the hands of Afghan allies than died in James Holmes's hail of gunfire. And yet the message from the more deadly of those rampages is barely in the news and few here are paying attention. In reality, the American mission in Afghanistan failed years ago. It's as if we refused to notice, but the Afghans we were training did. Now, they are sending a message that couldn't be blunter or grimmer from that endlessly war-torn land. Not to listen is, in fact, to condemn more Americans to death-by-ally."
At the end of the day my frustration concerning this enormous debacle knows no end. That is a literal interpretation of this misbegotten war. We are told all combat troops will leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014. That is nearly 2 - years from now. That is both a myth and an abysmal strategy. Due to an agreement between Washington and Kabul, our people will be in Afghanistan until 2024. Any reasonably intelligent person knows we are losing this war. Absolutely no one in our government can tell us why we persist in this useless endeavor other than pious platitudes that border on insanity. In the meantime nobody cares, not the news media and not the American people in general. But the Afghans care, so does the Taliban, and they are doing something about it.
Afghanistan is the mother of all clusterfucks.