No Exit from Afghanistan

The US is currently attempting to negotiate an exit from Afghanistan, following a decade of war and lawlessness that has facilitated the Taliban’s proliferation across the region. But an end to the violence spawned by the war remains a distant dream for Afghanistan and its South Asian neighbors.

NEW DELHI – Despite frequent turmoil and repeated invasions, Afghanistan has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Nearly 120 years ago, Winston Churchill described the futility of warfare in the region: “Financially it is ruinous. Morally it is wicked. Militarily it is an open question, and politically it is a blunder.” Churchill’s assessment undoubtedly rings true for many United States and NATO officials today, as they attempt to coordinate an exit from America’s longest overseas combat commitment in history.