As a professor, I am comparing the current Afghanistan situation with a student who was preparing for a test for 20-plus years. Tuition and training were provided by the USA, its professor.
The result was that the student didn’t even appear for the test even after 20 years of preparation and received an F- grade. What has happened in Afghanistan is mind boggling. The US has spent billions of dollars in training and preparing the Afghan army. In the process thousands of American lives are lost, including the lives of many Mississippians. The primary goal of the USA was to eradicate the area free of terrorists. The 20 years of training and all efforts were wiped out so easily and quickly by the Talibans. This can be remembered as the worst tragedy of written human history. Simple obvious questions that come to anyone’s mind are who were being trained by Americans for 20-plus years? Were they Talibans in army uniform? If not, then why didn’t they fight? What happened to the 300,000 “strong” (as described by President Biden) Afghan army? What happened to modern weaponry worth billions of dollars provided to the “so called” Afghan army with taxpayer’s money? This is not only the defeat of the civilian government of Afghanistan, but the defeat of human civilization and unforgettable embarrassment to the US government. The events in Afghanistan have long-lasting global and regional implications both on safety and economy. For example, many US universities including local universities like MSU, Ole Miss and MUW will be affected in terms of enrollment prospects from that part of the world due to new restrictions imposed by Talibans.
Ghanshyam D. Heda, Columbus