Shouldn’t really come as a surprise. First, define for me a “win” in Afghanistan. Then tell me if you think that’s likely. Finally, explain to me how that’s achieved.
The Taliban not only has the “momentum” after the most successful year in its campaign against the United States and the Kabul government. “The Afghan insurgency can sustain itself indefinitely,” according to a briefing from Major General Michael Flynn, the top U.S. intelligence officer in the country. “The Taliban retains [the] required partnerships to sustain support, fuel legitimacy and bolster capacity.”