“Sunk cost fallacy” is certainly relevant to the larger situation of Afghanistan.
Some things I heard today include:
- Civilians were recommended to leave the country a month or more ago, but a lot assumed a withdraw would be delayed. This included contractors who were told to stay by their bosses.
- Troops had been reduced to 2,500 to adhere to a treaty with the Taliban. Going above that would be considered to be breaking the agreement, and lowers the US’ international relationship. Admittedly the other side wasn’t exactly honoring the agreement…
- Afghanistan has a pretty known history for bleeding other nations dry.
I certainly don’t think anyone is flawless here and would argue that there’s layers upon layers of mistakes that transcend political parties or ideologies.