Afghanistan

In Kabul, Everything’s Fine (At NATO Headquarters)

Nothing says “winning” like holding your opening ceremony for an Afghan women’s facility on the grounds of the coalition’s HQ in the capital.

It’s springtime in Afghanistan, and that means the trees are budding, the rains are coming, and the Taliban are in full bloom. And what better way to show the world that everything’s going great than by hosting events right here at NATO HQ. Because otherwise people might get the wrong impression when your party gets crashed by one of those pesky suicide bombers.

It started, as many of these things do (looking at you, President Trump), with a tweet.

That caught my attention because the background looked familiar, at least to the eye of someone who’s spent any time at Resolute Support Headquarters.

Afghan police women participate in the ceremony celebrating Women’s Police Town, a complex being built on the grounds of the Afghan Ministry of the Interior Affairs to ensure women have a safe, secure environment to fully integrate into the police force. — NATO

Still, I had some doubt, because while there isn’t a lot of green left in the Emerald City, there are still spaces where living plants have been allowed to coexist with the humans.

François Rivest, the Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan, and General John Nicholson, Commander, Resolute Support, today hosted a “Construction Celebration” at Resolute Support Headquarters to celebrate the start of construction of Women’s Police Town, a complex being built on the grounds of the Afghan Ministry of the Interior Affairs to ensure women have a safe, secure environment to fully integrate into the police force.

Ah.

Well.

That’s that, then.

If you’re trying to counter the narrative that the war’s not going as planned, the way to do that probably isn’t hosting a “construction celebration” for Afghan government structures on the one remaining piece of ground in Afghanistan you can reasonably secure.

For a war that’s “turned a corner” more than a few times over the years, it might be time to get said war a better map. Because it still doesn’t look like this one knows where it’s going.

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