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Broken promises. Betrayal. Moral Injury.
This is how I described the 2021 botched Afghan withdrawal in my book “Operation Pineapple Express.” These feelings are shared by many of the 750,000 Afghan War veterans, especially as we observed Veterans Day earlier this month. Why? Because they understand the stakes, something our government doesn’t seem to grasp.
America’s broken promises are a threat to national security. The wholesale abandonment of Afghanistan not only casts serious doubt on the United States’ willingness to honor its promises to its allies, but it has hastened a return of a terrorist safe haven in Afghanistan that is worse than before.
Post-9/11 veterans saw the horror of the al Qaeda attacks on the homeland and responded. They gave away their youth and much more. And when Afghanistan collapsed, and the U.S. Government didn’t answer the phone, the veteran population rushed into the breach, once more, to save their Afghan partners. Now, those partners are giving alarming information about what is coming our way.
In a recent interview, Ahmad Massoud, leader of the Afghan National Resistance Front, warned the West, citing the emergence