The Washington Post
Failures all around
The Sept. 3 Style article “Networks’ selection of pundits draws flak” pointed out the hypocrisy of military and civilian pundits on cable TV of late critiquing U.S. policy and actions in Afghanistan that they were a part of. All of a sudden, the American people are being told that the Afghan army could not stand on its own, despite 20 years of U.S. support in dollars, equipment and training. But what about the media’s role in sounding the alarm about the dysfunction and corruption in Afghanistan during those 20 years?
Comparisons to Vietnam are inevitable. Seeing Afghans clinging to a military plane leaving Kabul was reminiscent of Vietnamese trying to board the last U.S. helicopters leaving Saigon. But so was the media’s failure to uncover the truth about how poorly the war in Afghanistan was going until very late in the day.
Marci Greenstein, Bethesda