The shocking and precipitate dissolution of the Afghan National Defense Forces in August signaled not just the death knell of the U.S.-backed Afghanistan government but revealed a profound flaw in U.S. defense planning. The idea that foreign defense forces trained, equipped, and coached by American forces can hold their own against determined adversaries must be rigorously re-examined.

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anyone who spent 5 minutes in Afghanistan knew the Afghan army would collapse as soon as we left. Entire thing was just a set up by us, no backing of the people. Population had no interest. What is terrifying is our top military "brains" had any confidence in the Afghan army at all.

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