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For Many U.S. Veterans, Fall of Afghanistan to Taliban Stirs Confusion, Disappointment and Anger

posted on August 16, 2021

The Los Angeles Times‘s Jaweed Kaleem and Kurtis Lee report on what American veterans think of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the resurgence of the Taliban. They write, “For many veterans, whose lives, minds and bodies were forever changed by the war, the moment has rekindled questions of America’s role around the world, the sacrifices soldiers make and the reasons behind them.” Retired Army infantryman Isiah James said, ““What’s happening there now is exposing the lie we have seen for the past 20 years. We were never training Afghans to truly fight and protect their country. … Now we are pulling the Band-Aid off the bullet wound, and the world is seeing it in real time.”

Read at The Los Angeles Times