Personally, this series is now the card that comes up in my mind whenever I read a story about Afghanistan. It permanently changed my view of the war, the withdrawal of U.S. troops and my understanding of where the country might go from here.
Anderson’s conclusion is haunting. All it is now is about getting out and saving face. We’re not leaving because we achieved our goals. We’re leaving because we’ve given up on achieving those goals, he says. All the fighting has been to introduce a hated and feared government, who in some areas make the Taliban look like the good guys.
The I Files producer Amanda Pike on Vice’s This is What Winning Looks Like, her pick for our favorite investigative reporting of 2013.