Possibly the biggest strategic error in recent American military history was the premature decision to pivot out of Afghanistan before that country was stable -- and while Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders were on the loose.
As reporter Robert Parry notes, one of the chief promoters of this decision was Sen. John McCain, who began pushing the Bush administration in February 2002 to focus U.S. attention on Iraq and the ouster of Saddam Hussein
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Amid the recent U.S. press celebration about the supposed success of the Iraq troop “surge,” this earlier misjudgment by McCain is receiving almost no attention, even as Afghanistan slips back into bloody chaos and a rebuilt al-Qaeda plots new terror attacks from base camps in Pakistan.
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