The New Yorker article
Will civil war hit Afghanistan when the U.S. leaves?
quotes Abdul Nasir, a journalist: “The Americans have failed to build a single sustainable institution here. All they have done is make a small group of people very rich. And now they are getting ready to go. … The Americans have a big base there, and they never go out. And, only four kilometres from the front gate, the Taliban control everything.”
It’s repugnant to me that the people responsible for the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — with all the resulting death, destruction, torture, and waste — were allowed to get off scot-free.