Now that so many sad truths about Afghanistan are being spoken aloud, even in the major media — let me add one more: The war, from start to finish, was about politics, not in Afghanistan but in the United States.

Afghanistan was always a sideshow. According to the official account, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were launched from U.S. soil, by people who trained in Florida. Most of the named perpetrators were Saudis. Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had made his base in Afghanistan after leaving Sudan; soon he went on to Pakistan, where he stayed for the rest of his life. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers were not accused of having been involved in the 9/11 attacks.

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