This really says it all.
The “journalists” weren’t interested in Afghanistan until the withdrawal. The catastrophe was that the war and occupation ended which has been such a boon to the defense contractors based in the Beltway. The end of the war has been traumatic, painful and humiliating for state media.
Note: There is still hope that we can go somewhere else and plunge into another quagmire as big as Afghanistan. Maybe Ethiopia or Eritrea?