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Afghanistan – The American Waterloo moment after Vietnam


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Afghanistan - The American Waterloo moment after Vietnam

The United States military forces left its key base ‘Bagram Airfield’ in the dead of night without informing Afghan Government in Kabul. The ignominious exit of American forces from Afghanistan, marks end of the two decade long invasion, which has claimed the lives of around 2,500 American troops following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Last year the USA signed a historic peace treaty with the Taliban at Doha, provided the latter met the terms signed under the accord. The Taliban has been advancing rapidly as US troops withdraw. The sudden surprise withdrawal has left the Afghan forces demoralized with the forces giving up large tracts of the country without resistance. Nearly 1,000 Afghan forces fighting the Taliban in the north of the country have fled to Tajikistan. The hasty withdrawal of American forces has led to the possibility of Afghanistan plunging into full scale civil war and the possibility of future terrorist attacks on American mainland is not ruled out by the ultra radicalised extremist jihad troika of Taliban, ISIS & Al-Qaeda.

The so-called safe exit of American forces in Afghanistan was necessitated after the cost of war escalated to unsustainable levels. According to Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs the estimated cost of the war is around $2.26 Trillion & rising with every passing day. The interest overheads due in 2023 on borrowed money will cost the US exchequer $600 Billion. The cost of  medical and disability care for veterans of the wars in Iraq is estimated to be around $296 Billion and is projected to be another trillion dollars in the next 40 years. The two decade war has left a trail of destruction in Afghanistan with estimated 100,000 Afghans killed or wounded.

The peace accord of the United States with Taliban has drawn its equivalance with Richard Nixon’s deal with North Vietnam five decades back.The United States suffered major casualties of 58,000 personnels & 10,000 planes & helicopters in decade long Vietnam war. At the peak of the war around half-a-million forces were stationed on the ground backed by massive air power of USAF. The high morale, courage, nationalistic zeal and patriotism of resisting Vietnam forces fought the American intervention tooth and nail and forced them to sign peace accord that led to their safe withdrawl from Vietnam. The memories & scars of Vietnam still haunts the American forces for the trauma it caused to them. 

Similarly in Afghanistan during the height of American Invasion around 100,000 US troops were deployed to counter Taliban. The escalating war cost has forced Americans to take safe exit from the region. And in the process they have left the Afghan government to fend for themselves. The Americans had negotiated a deal with their enemy, when they were obligated to help the Afghans who worked with them. The credibility and standing of the United States have been dented for being ejected by the ragtag Jehadi group. The sophisticated weaponry filled with drones ultimately failed against the resistance & patience of Taliban. Pakistan had provided covert support to Taliban during the conflict and helped the radicalised Jihadi group to maintain its organizational strength and regroup to fight Americans. According to intelligence reports the collapse of Afghan government in Kabul is imminent. The Taliban will be the force to reckon with in Afghanistan in coming days. They do have recognition from China, Russia, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. According to media reports India EAM S Jaishanker has reportedly met a Taliban envoy in Qatar to secure India’s development projects & interest in Afghanistan. 

Going forward the world will view American so-called safe exit as a cowardly act of mindless intoxicated super power with its hi-tech gizmo weaponry defeated by gutsy Jehadi Taliban forces similar in Vietnam. The $2.26 Trillion American Odyssey in Afghanistan could have been utilized for modernizing the Infrastructure projects in America. In its pursuit of global domination, America has lost its status of being sole global superpower and in these two decades the Dragon has quietly built itself challenging the American hegemony across the globe. The United States should have demonstrated its acumen to bring upon power sharing agreement between Afghan government & Taliban and ensured that terms of agreement are not violated during the transition process. Truly Afghanistan remains the waterloo moment in American history after Vietnam. A generation of American lives were sacrificed for the benefit of the military industrial complex. The abandoned airfield at Bargam is the monument of shattered American loss of face & credibility. 

Everybody has an opinion. Do they, however, truly matter? These days, blending various viewpoints has resulted in the development of hazardous concoctions of perspectives. The true goal, however, was to cultivate serious intellectual revolutions that would influence the people and create a community that might affect global change. About Umesh Agarwal Umesh Agarwal, a conscientious Indian citizen active in media and volunteer work, thinks that young people in India need to become more aware of both spoken and unsaid global events. An entrepreneur by trade, a commerce graduate by education, and a veteran of the information technology three-tier architecture industry, He has made it his mission to increase public understanding of global current affairs, macro and microeconomics, heritage, international relations, history, and economic affairs. He is a renowned geopolitical expert, visionary, and astute opinion leader. He is passionate about analysing current events and reporting on them in a variety of international publications, including Trunicle, USApolitico, Keatley, and BharatVoice. Many of his writings went viral and attracted the attention of international celebrities who commented on them. VISION Umesh queries, "Is it easy to be vocal and politically opinionated with numerous avenues of information like print media, live websites, and interactions on social media. But the crucial query is: Are we expanding our thinking? Can we uncover facts buried in layers? Are we capable of fully comprehending the political game of cards?” He frequently states that In today’s capitalist society, if we don't teach the next generation how to protect themselves from the tragedies of bureaucratic conspiracies, they might never learn to protect themselves and make big decisions. VOLUNTEERING WORK Along with his involvement with numerous charitable organisations, he had managed multispecialty day care diagnostic and cancer detection centres that serve more than 100,000 people in Chennai. Having participated in numerous humanitarian and social organisations as a contributor. INDIACHRONICLE With the vision of promoting transparency and empowering the youth , he has launched a mediahouse- IndiaChronicle.in, a new centrist journal designed to promote educated debate and offer insightful information on the many areas that influence our society. India Chronicle seeks to fill in the gaps in public conversation by offering a fair-minded and complex viewpoint on important topics. Our readership is made up of a diverse group of people, including decision-makers, academics, workers, and active citizens who seek insightful information. Its time that we think of the persistent little contributions that make us a more responsible individual and a global citizen. Follow on Email : ukagarwal@gmail.com Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ukagarwal Twitter : https://twitter.com/ukagarwal Linked In : https://www.linkedin.com/in/ukagarwal/ YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/@ukagarwal Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ukagarwal2k2/


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