What a betrayal the war in Afghanistan turned out to be. Above all, it was a betrayal of the American public, the people who for 20 years paid for the occupation. It was a betrayal of the ones who died there, of course, and of the tens of thousands of Americans who will carry the scars from this disaster for the rest of their lives. They were lied to. We were all lied to. And we have a right to feel bitter about that.
But the war in Afghanistan was also, if we’re going to be completely honest about it, a betrayal of the Afghan people. Our leaders made promises to them they knew they couldn’t keep. Honorable countries don’t do that. It’s shameful. Imagine being an Afghan employee at Bagram Air Base. You woke up the other morning to find your American patrons gone. They didn’t tell you they were leaving. They just left.