RE: Ms. Gould
You say I only know half of the story, so what is the other half I seem to have missed?
What do you glean from the misinformation media?
So then you are an expert on military tactics and strategy? So where did you go to "boot camp" and where did you go to Officer Candidate School? Where did you go to Squadron Officer School, Command and Staff School and finally Air War College?
O.K. I hear the answer - NONE.
What makes our infantry so effective? You know the answer - right? Air Superiority! Our Armed forces won all of our battles in Vietnam (but we lost the war) because we had "fast movers" - F-100s and other aircraft flying cover over our infantry.
I suggest you read "We Were Soldiers Once And Young". Major Hal Moore outnumbered and in a precarious locale - prevailed. Our guys took casualties and the outcome appeared hopeless. They would be overrun by superior numbers of NVA regulars. So, how did they prevail? Air power, F-100s and helicopter gunships, and rescue helicopters. And the courage and bravery of those left.
"Fix Bayonets" that command signaled the last - no one would survive; no infantryman wants to hear that command. But, they did - those that were last able to walk showed their bravery to the NVA and they prevailed. We were able to evacuate those who could remain upright. Our guys won that confrontation although seriously outnumbered.
That was my point all along - when the air cover was gone the Afghan Army lost its cover. They could not prevail against the Taliban and/or ISIS. They realized that dilemma and shed their uniforms and arms and disappeared as best they could. You missed that point.
Also, you missed the point that prior to Biden's election and swearing-in - no KIAs months before when Trump was President. Why? But after abandoning Bagram, multiple Afghanis and 13 servicemen were dead due to a suicidal bomber - explain. Let's hear it.
You just can't see the truth.