Dear Nancy, Kamala and others:
Afghanistan is what an insurrection and revolution looks like, not a bunch of fat, old people wearing red hats and waving American flags.
You are in the process of creating what you fear most.
The Taliban does not need helicopters. Any three story building will do for flying lessons.
They lurked for twenty years. They lurked in the countryside but they also lurked in (supposedly) safe cities. You cannot divine a person's thoughts and values from how they look, what they wear or where they work.
The government's allies and soldiers could not surrender quickly enough when the Taliban Toyota Hi-Lux trucks rolled into town. The key take-away is that your allies who "Bet on the horse most likely to win" have no loyalty. None.
Eternal paranoia is the price of tyranny. Et tu, Brute?