The Taliban Have Not Won

Former Taliban fighters line up to handover their rifles to the government of Afghanistan in 2012. Photo by Lt.j.g. Joseph Painter; courtesy of DVIDS

The Taliban have recently declared that they have defeated the U.S. in Afghanistan, and Jeff Schogal argues that, “…the Taliban know they just need to wait us out. To cite an overused cliché: We’ve got the watches; they’ve got the time….That’s why the Taliban have won.”

This view would only make sense if the Taliban was a movement that formed following the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by the United States and…