2021-08-25 12:01:00

Missteps Defined Every Aspect of the Afghan War



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Rahul Mahajan is the author of two books on the Iraq war: Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond and The New Crusade: America’s War on Terrorism. He also teaches at University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and the US Foreign Policy and Empire Correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali.


President Joe Biden remains under fire for a botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. Reports of mass crowds and violence at Kabul airport underscore the desperation of those who are being seen as collaborators with the U.S. and the Western-backed Afghan government. The Taliban has warned of dire consequences if U.S. troops remain beyond August 31st in their evacuation efforts.

Meanwhile there are reports of the warlord resistance to the Taliban in the northern Panjshir Valley and fears of a new civil war breaking out. Former U.S. backed Afghan president Hamid Karzai is in talks to hand over power to the Taliban.

The U.S. war in Afghanistan cost more than 200,000 lives and 2 trillion dollars. Today, as an expert and author on Afghanistan, I’ll be exploring how the war was doomed from the start with my colleague and long-time foreign policy expert Rahul Mahajan. Rather than an interview style format, Rahul and I will be engaging in a dialog about the war.

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