Wistman Posted August 16, 2021 #26 Share Posted August 16, 2021 The 'surprise' was that the Northern Alliance folded, the war lords quickly made some sort of deal with the Taliban which isn't clear, and they surrendered their power. The Afghanis didn't like our occupation, other than those in the largest cities who experienced a little 'western' style freedoms and culture. There's a massive food shortage in the country, which had happened pre-Taliban times and was one reason why the Taliban shut down poppy cultivation when they achieved power initially, which we then overturned when we took over and brought back the widespread opium cultivation. If the Taliban repeats the switch to food cultivation, they will be popular. We should have gotten everybody out a while ago, there was plenty of time to do so, Trump's brokered deal with the end date was well known. I expect some in power (not Biden) wanted to find some way to stay and thought the Northern Alliance would resist the Taliban and give them enough time to cook something up to force Biden into keeping a military force there. 1 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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