Mission Creep Cost the Afghanistan War; Early Airpower Victory Squandered

Air Force Magazine | August 17, 2021 | John Tirpak |

Airpower rapidly achieved America’s goals in the Afghanistan War 20 years ago, but a change in the mission led inexorably to this week’s chaotic exit, Air Force Association leaders said Aug. 17. “Afghanistan will be long remembered as an unsuccessful ground war” that followed a “highly successful aerospace power campaign,” said retired Lt Gen David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

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