This is a major defeat for the U.S. History repeats itself. Americans were forced to flee Kabul just like they did in Vietnam. No lesson was learned. And just like the fall of Vietnam the people of Afghanistan will suffer greatly of it. Shameful
Joe Biden’s Surrender Is an Ugly, Needless Disaster... This is the culmination of four decades of Biden being wrong about our national security, and two presidents eager to end the war in Afghanistan without preparing for its end
The debate over how the United States left Afghanistan, and the chaos it created, will likely last for years. So will the debate over the war itself, and whether nearly 20 years of deployment was worth it.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes of Wisconsin, one of at least 10 Democrats hoping to win the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, made his position clear in an Aug. 16, 2021 tweet:
"Thousands of American lives lost, plus over 100,000 Afghan civilians and military personnel. Over 100 billion dollars spent on military contracts. And for what?"
The cost in human lives has been well documented. Here are the stark totals as reported that same day by The Associated Press:
American service members killed in Afghanistan through April: 2,448.
U.S. contractors: 3,846.
Afghan national military and police: 66,000.
Other allied service members, including from other NATO member states: 1,144.