The Twenty-Year-Old Afghanistan Mistake Explained in Maps
There are some places where centralized governments don’t work. Afghanistan is one of them.
The United States knew in 2005 that Afghanistan was a potpourri of ethnic groups. Each had and still has its own distinctive political regime.
And yet, even though the CIA was fully aware of the ethnic composition of Afghanistan, in 2004 the United States decided to try to build a highly centralized…