The U.S. retreat from Afghanistan has been, by any reasonable standards, ignominious and embarrassing and a complete tactical and logistical failure. But at least our retreating military forces there weren't bogged down with all their equipment:
The U.S. military is leaving behind 75,000 vehicles, 600,000 weapons and 208 airplanes/helicopters in Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control of the country, according to the watchdog group Open the Books.
"We've made the Taliban into a major U.S. arms dealer for the next decade," said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO & founder of Open the Books. "They now control 75,000 military vehicles. This is about 50,000 tactical vehicles, 20,000 Humvees they control about 1,000 mine-resistant vehicles, and even about 150 armored personnel carriers."
Real talk: 600,000 weapons is a lot of weapons. It's enough to put a gun in the hand of every member of the 75,000-strong Taliban, eight times over. If a Taliban fighter doesn't like a U.S.-commissioned rifle he's been given by the local field commander, he can literally choose from seven others—or all of them, if he wants!
It was nice of the U.S., though, to leave them so many air and ground transport vehicles. After all, you need a lot of horsepower to carry around all of those guns.
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