1) Amanda Mars / Agncias, “Los talibanes refuerzan su rápido avance con la toma de Kandahar, la segunda mayor ciudad del país; EE UU enviará a miles de soldados para evacuar a casi todo el personal de su Embajada en Kabul,” El País, el 13 de agosto 2021 (2:36 EDT).
2) Andrew Jeong and Jennifer Hassan, “‘Why did my friend get blown up? For what?’: Afghanistan war veterans horrified by Taliban gains,” Washington Post, August 13, 2021 (9:38 a.m. EDT).
President Joe Biden lost his son Beau. who served in Iraq, to brain cancer. He knows the grief of a parent who has lost his son.
Now, he should consider–if only in his imagination–looking directly into the eyes of the parents of the over 2,370 American troops who lost their lives fighting for the democratic project in Afghanistan.
If Beau had served in Afghanistan and died there, what would Joe Biden tell his father in response to the question, “Did my son die in vain.”
What would Joe Biden now say to the parents of the over 2,370 Amercian soldiers who died in Afghanistan,
ooking them in the eye, in response to the question,
“Did my son (or daughter) die in vain?”
The Trenchant Observer
The Trenchant Observer has been following Afghanistan closely since 2005, when he worked in Kabul as the Team Leader of group of six lawyers charged with advising the government on modernizing its criminal justice process to better meet international human rights standards.