Afghans Suffering from ‘Long War’ Syndrome

“It wasn’t crazy for President Biden and his national security team, including the Pentagon, to have imagined that the Afghan forces — with superior technology and manpower — could have done a much better job holding the Taliban at bay. … But senior U.S. officials are privately acknowledging that the Afghans appear psychologically defeated — and there was insufficient accounting for the psychological consequences of the long war.”

Jonathan Swan

Bergdahl Case Encourages Taliban to Kidnap More Americans

Definitely. It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.

— A senior Taliban commander, quoted by Time, when asked whether the Taliban would be inspired to kidnap others after the prisoner swap with the United States.