The US Debacle in Afghanistan: Resources


August 23, 2021

The US Debacle in Afghanistan: Resources
The US Debacle in Afghanistan: Resources

Rusti Eisenberg and Jim O’Brien of
Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) compiled the following digest of articles responding to the US debacle in Afghanistan with the reflections of historians and journalists critical of the twenty year US war for the H-PAD Blog. We share the list for your reference. Please visit the H-PAD website for more.



Gordon Adams, Afghanistan only the latest US war to be driven by deceit and delusion, The Conversation, posted August 17

Tariq Ali, Debacle in Afghanistan, New Left Review (Sidecar), posted 16 August 2021.


Andrew Bacevich, Through its Misuse of Military Power the United States has Made a Terrible Mess in Afghanistan, Responsible Statecraft, posted August 16


Patrick Cockburn, The US and UK got things so wrong in Afghanistan because they do not understand the Afghan way of war, Yahoo News, posted August 17


Juan Cole, Biden Doctrine and Afghanistan:Lean Counter-Terrorism and the End of Bloated Nation-Building, Informed Comment blog, posted August 17


Juan Cole, Déjà vu All Over Again: The Last Time Mazar-i-Sharif Fell to the TalibanThere Were Massacres, Informed Comment blog, posted August 15


Anatol Lieven, The Generals Lied and the Fantasies Died, Responsible Statecraft, posted August 16


Anatol Lieven, Why Afghan Forces So Quickly Laid Down Their Arms, Politico, posted August 16


Samuel Moyn, Biden Pulled Troops Out of Afghanistan. He didn’t End the Forever War, Responsible Statecraft, posted August 17


Paul Pillar, Taliban and Al Qaeda: If there is no war, there won’t be an alliance, Responsible Statecraft, posted August 19


Vijay Prashad, The Return of the Taliban 20 Years Later,, posted August 19


David Rothkopf, America’s Catastrophic Afghanistan Exit Has Many Fathers, The Daily Beast, posted August 13


Nick Turse, The Fall of Kabul, Reader Supported News, posted August 16


Katrina vanden Heuvel, Rather than Focus on How the US Got out of Afghanistan, Focus on How It Got In, Washington Post, posted August 17


Robert Wright, How the Afghanistan War Really Started: And how seeing its origins in Cold War geopolitics can help us avoid future disasters, Nonzero Newsletter, posted August 16



Very Helpful Primary Sources, See especially:

Special Inspector General Report, What We Need to Learn: Lessons from Twenty Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction


National Security Archive, Afghanistan 20/20: the 20-Year War in 20 Documents, posted August 19




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