The few of us who were opposing the invasion were holding lonely ground. Those were difficult days for FFF. We were losing donors, subscribers, and even a member of our board of trustees — those who disagreed with our principled libertarian commitment to a non-interventionist foreign policy.
Today, many of those liberventionists are siding with President Biden, who recently asserted that "our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building." Building on Biden's words, liberventionists are still maintaining that the U.S. government was right to invade Afghanistan in the first place but that it should have just gone into the country, killed hundreds or thousands of al-Qaeda members and Taliban forces, and quickly returned home, while declaring to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, "Don't do it again."
Unfortunately, like Biden, the liberventionists still just don't get it. They were wrong twenty years ago. They are still wrong today.