The Afghanistan war is over. We lost. The Taliban is advancing. The troops Australia spent decades training are in full retreat. And China’s ready to pounce.
As the Western world “pivots” its attention to Southeast Asia and the growing aggressiveness of China, the war on terror in Afghanistan has lost its appeal.
Military analysts fear the total rout of demoralised Afghan security forces in the north of their country at the weekend is a sign of things to come.
Just days earlier, the United States cleared its main headquarters facility at Bagram Air Base. Their withdrawal is expected to be completed by September 11.
Australia evacuated the last of its troops – after 20 years and 41 lives – from Afghanistan in June.