‘Guardian Angels’ won’t fix a flawed Afghan war policy
With peer counseling and other psychological support, the Army tries to help individual sufferers through deployment stress, mission drift, economic hardship, and war zone trauma. But an epidemic-scale collapse of morale is rooted less in personal problems than in bankrupt policy — the same bankruptcy that is being laid bare by the murderous behavior of Afghan allies. What’s needed here is the opposite of introspection. We must look outward at the shape of the world we are creating.