“In the United States, Afghanistan is a thing of the past”

“America doesn’t like to dwell on its failures and prefers to bounce back. “. DELIL SOULEIMAN / AFP

MAINTENANCE – A year ago, the Taliban entered Kabul and the American withdrawal ended in disaster. For the deputy director of the foundation for strategic research, the failure of the United States in Afghanistan was not total and did not lead Washington to turn away from global military and geopolitical issues.

Bruno Tertrais is Deputy Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (think-tank).


LE FIGARO. –On August 15, 2021, the Taliban entered Kabul, four months after Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of American troops. A year later, what lessons have been learned from this failure?

Bruno TERTRAIS. – Is it a complete failure? Remember that the primary goal of the commitment in Afghanistan was to prevent this country from continuing to be a platform for international terrorism. This objective was achieved and continues to be achieved. The Taliban regime is appalling but is not interested in becoming a haven for global jihadism again. And the country has not returned to the Stone Age. The development of infrastructures, that of education, of health, have left deep traces. And in the cities, there are few Afghans who regret the international intervention.

The problem lies rather in the disastrous cost-benefit ratio of this…

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