From an article I have running today in the New York Post. Please check it out!
The Afghanistan collapse has proven that the US government’s ignorance of foreign cultures and mindsets can no longer be tolerated. After 20 years of immense effort by American warfighters, intelligence personnel, diplomats and aid workers to turn Afghanistan into what Westerners consider a normally functioning society, it has reverted to the same chaotic and brutal place that it has been for centuries.
It is reasonable for Americans to ask: Will anyone in the US government be held accountable for sinking $2 trillion and sacrificing more than 6,000 of our fellow citizens’ lives to achieve what was unachievable in the first place?
The reason America had to spend 20 years in Afghanistan involves a profound lack of foreign cultural expertise in the intelligence and national security communities, in which I proudly served as an intelligence officer and specialist in Russian doctrine and strategy. Failure to understand the adversary, as Sun Tzu taught us — whether it’s Afghani insurgents or Russia conducting unrestricted cyber warfare and sabotaging our elections — results in unrealistic policy goals and deficient warfighting strategies, and ultimately leads to defeat.
You can read the rest of the piece here.