According to the article, “Many troops base their pessimism on firsthand experience with Afghanistan, its culture and its people.” Use our resources to deepen awareness of this often misunderstood country.
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- Why do you think so many veterans and active-duty troops think “the mission in Afghanistan is ending ambiguously,” according to the Military Times?
- Many members of the military interviewed by the Military Times seem to think the U.S. mission itself was ambiguous. “What actually comes up is more the question of what our goal in Afghanistan was, not so much, ‘Did we win or did we lose?’ or ‘Should we stay or should we be pulling out?’ The question I hear is about what we as a nation intended to accomplish,” says Major Wayne Lacy, an artillery officer who deployed to Afghanistan in 2004.
- What was the initial mission of the U.S. military in Afghanistan?
- The initial aim was to destroy the al-Qaida network that attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Although none the hijackers of the aircraft that crashed in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania were Afghan, al-Qaida was tacitly supported and harbored by Afghanistan’s Taliban regime. Months after the 9/11 attacks, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden released videos claiming responsibility from Jalalabad, in Nangarhar province.
- How did the U.S. mission in Afghanistan change over the course of 11 years? Read more about U.S. policy supporting “Reconstruction and Relief” in Afghanistan here. (Keep in mind that the initiatives outlined in “Reconstructing Afghanistan” were funded separately from the military effort.)
Military Times: AMERICA’S MILITARY: Were the wars worth the cost?
Nat Geo: Reconstructing Afghanistan
Nat Geo: Opium Wars