Podcast: Afghanistan And The Future Of War

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On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Federalist Senior Editor Christopher Bedford and Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky discuss how the Biden administration will try to sweep the Afghanistan crisis under the rug and refocus their efforts on pushing progressive domestic policy.

“What we’re going to see from the administration now — and you’re already certainly seeing — is ‘we’re forward-focused. We’re talking about infrastructure. We want to help the unions. We want to talk about the American working people. We’re looking ahead, you’re trying to look behind,’” Bedford said. “They’re going to try and say this is all strict partisanship and the Democrats are going to go along with that and the media will go along with that and it’s the exact same thing that we did after Vietnam.”

“They just wanted to move on and that was a grave, grave, grave dishonor to the men who had suffered there and the men who had died there,” he continued. “We’re doing the exact same thing again. We’re risking forgetting all of the lessons of Afghanistan.”

Jashinsky said the Afghanistan crisis provides Americans with the opportunity to reevaluate what it means to engage in a war.

“I think we’re at a period of time where it’s not just a reconsideration of American military strategy, it’s a reconsideration of what war looks like in the era of social media,” Jashinsky said. “Even with the most powerful military in the world, what is our role in a world where the horrors of abuse and the horrors of totalitarianism and authoritarianism are on full display in our pockets at any given second for as long as we want to look at them.”

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