"The Federalist" editor Mollie Hemingway told FNC's "Special Report" panel on Friday that the tragic outcome of the war in Afghanistan is the result of 20 years of misguided policy:
MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: The pundits and media and politicians are talking about the incompetence of the exit or how surprised they are about what it is like to leave Afghanistan, but they shouldn’t be surprised. This is the natural result of 20 years of a failed strategy.
We went from using our military to fight and win wars into the impossible task of nation-building. When we were attacked on 9/11, we needed to have a swift and serious response. We did that but then-President Bush took his eyes off the ball.
We got mired in the Iraq War. [Bush] and Cheney and Obama and Biden took on this task of nation-building in Afghanistan — the country historians call the 'graveyard of empires.'
That is what people need to focus on so that we never do it again. When our military is used, we need to have clear, strategic objectives. We need to get in and get out. And that is what people don’t want to talk about but it’s the most important lesson to learn right now...
It is absolutely true that the Pentagon did not make good exit plans. In part, because they were trying to trick President Biden into staying there… That is what the Pentagon has done to keep people there.
The fact is that rather than focusing on what’s in the Taliban’s interest, we need to be thinking about what is in our interest. It is not in our interest to spend trillions of dollars, 20 years, and all of the lives that we lost for a mission that couldn’t even be sustained for a few days without that level of support.