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“To dismiss US involvement today in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere as ‘endless’ or ‘forever’ wars — as both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden do — rather than as support to friendly governments struggling to exert control over their own territory misses the point,” Mattis and his co-authors wrote.
“It is in the United States’ interests to build the capacity of such governments to deal with the threats that concern Americans.”
What Mattis failed to say is that these 'friendly governments are struggling for more than two decades already to exert control over their own country. The impression exists that these countries take a laid back position, while America is doing the dirty work.