What is happening in Afghanistan was always going to happen. From the moment we invaded the country to destroy Al-Qaeda, this was going to be result of also attacking the Taliban. The funny thing about our politics is that people actually pretend there are differences between so-called Conservatives and Liberals. Or like there are differences between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to this foreign policy agenda.
All of that is simply a lie.
This was born out of neo-Conservatism. By the way, I am a fan of neo-conservatism. I actually believe in many principles. But with the emergence of George Bush 44, we saw the ideology of nation-building come to the forefront. As George Bush said, "Freedom is God's gift to the world". I agree with that. But there is no way you can make this happen militarily. We can't deploy the military indefinitely and any society where rule is enforced via the military, is by definition a society that is not free.
So we thought we could build Afghanistan into a democracy that would never attack us again. But it was always going to fail because;
1. You can't free any society without significant majorities of the oppressed groupings willing to fight to the death for their freedoms.
2. It was too easy to for the Taliban to win over folks with anti-American rhetoric. It isn't like America is some bastion of freedom for Muslims. We have plenty of anti-Muslim nonsense in our society that can fuel anti-American resentment overseas.
3. The Taliban are basically a group that believes in a religious theocracy. They never had to "train" their followers. From Day one, their fighters were fanatics, driven into a frenzy over their insane batshit crazy ideology. We were "training" the Afghanistan military, whom had no uniting ideology or principles.
It is sad to see what is happening, but this should have ended over a decade ago. Administration after administration kept thinking it would get to a point where people in Afghanistan would adopt democratic principles and build a Jeffersonian style democracy. It may happen one day. But when it does, it won't be because of a single shot by American soldier. People have to realize, we are going to start seeing an insane amount of bloodshed in the coming weeks. Pray for these folks.