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‘Epic, Predestined Failure’: New Report Reveals Why The Afghan Gov’t Collapsed Within 10 Days


Afghanistan’s government failed to recognize that the U.S. intended to withdraw, one of several reasons it collapsed 10 days after the Taliban takeover and two weeks before the U.S. military exit on Aug. 30, 2021, Congress’ Afghanistan watchdog revealed Wednesday.

After the fall of Kabul, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform directed the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to produce a report pinning down the reasons for the Afghan government’s dissolution, including why 20 years of U.S. state building efforts failed to produce a viable democratic government in Afghanistan. SIGAR’s Nov. 15 report found that the Afghan government was incapable of functioning on its own, and that it was controlled by a strongman. The U.S. negligence also almost ensured the Taliban victory.

“U.S. efforts to build and sustain Afghanistan’s governing institutions were a total, epic, predestined failure on par with the same efforts and outcome in the Vietnam war, and for the same reasons,” Chris Mason, associate professor of national security at the U.S. Army War College, said in a statement to SIGAR. (RELATED STORY: The US Needs Afghanistan…

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