Stefan Beck thinks so:
Besides, all the planning and musing and nuance in the world couldn't have prepared us for the breathtaking savagery of our enemy.
Rubbish.The very fact that we are surprised is convincing evidence of the lack of planning. Had no one ever heard of the savagery of the Russian war in Afghanistan? Such whining excuse is what happens when you put children in charge of the White House.
In fact I remember quite distinctly hearing a Chris Mathews talk show, just right before we invaded Afghanistan, in which he alluded forebodingly to the savage tortures inflicted on Russian soldiers by the Afghans. So let's not have any nonsense about "couldn't have prepared us."