On August 17, 21-year old Specialist James A. Justice of the U.S. Army died from wounds sustained in Afghanistan at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. As reported today in the New York Times, Justice became the 2000th American soldier to die in Afghanistan– a somber reminder of the ongoing cost of the war and the operational difficulties that the U.S. military faces as it grinds on through the eleventh year of conflict.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, one of the foremost reporters on Afghanistan, spoke at a Commonwealth Club event to discuss how operational failures by President Obama and senior military and civilian staff have harmed the U.S. ability to fight the Taliban. These failures have resulted in far more casualties since 2010, and equal the total sustained in the first nine years of the war.