The Taliban suicide bomber who killed two American soldiers and two contractors at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan’s central province of Parwan on Nov. 12 had joined the Afghan government’s “peace process” and reconciled in 2008. He then received a job at Bagram Air Base, which he then used to execute his attack. The Bagram attack took place as US soldiers and other Americans on the base were commemorating Veterans Day with a 5K run.
A “rehabilitated” Afghan attacking American troops is representative of the failed U.S. strategy following the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. Counterinsurgency and nation building abroad do not win wars.
The U.S. needs to purge civilian and military leaders who support this disastrous mindset and install new ones who will implement a strategy focused on killing the enemy instead of “winning hearts and minds”.