IN CONVERSATION - John Matisonn
Director of the Brenthurst Foundation Dr Greg Mills and author and columnist John Matisonn review the purpose, strategic errors and wider significance of Nato’s twenty years in Afghanistan as a response to the attacks on 9/11. The 9/11 attack by al Qaeda led to a wider response overthrowing the highly repressive Taliban government of Afghanistan and a lack of clarity about Nato’s war aims and especially on a clear exit strategy. By 2020, the American public had ceased to support the war and it was one of the only issues on which both Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden agreed.
While the well-worn predictions that Afghanistan was the ‘graveyard of empires’ again proved true, poor leadership from Washington exposed the post-cold war vulnerabilities of the Nato alliance and its failure to anticipate consequences.