The details are still sketchy, and the deal is far from done, but it appears that the U.S. is on the edge of reaching an honorable deal to get out of Afghanistan.
If the deal comes to pass, it will be the fulfillment of a pledge that Donald Trump made during the 2016 campaign, when he railed against “endless wars.” And of course, the Afghanistan conflict, having begun in 2001, certainly qualifies as an “endless war.” Eighteen years later, we’re still there, still losing lives—just on February 10, President Trump had the solemn duty of paying his respects to two more of the fallen—and the U.S. still has nothing good to show for the effort.
Just last month, the Washington Post unearthed thousands of once-secret documents, proving nearly two decades of official “mendacity and hubris” about Afghanistan.
To be sure, that mendacity and hubris had always been fully visible to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have cycled through that dead-end country since 2001, and yet officialdom, snug and secure back in Washington, DC, seemed clueless, and acted as if it didn’t care.
Yet then on October 26, 1972, came even better news: The Nixon administration had reached a tentative agreement to end the war.