if you recall, the cakewalk into Baghdad was mostly due to intelligence flipping military leaders- often in exchange for money and safe passage for families.
Nothing wrong with that- better than spending lives and money.
I assume the inducement for the Afghan leaders was that they and their families wouldn’t get massacred. We’ll see how that goes.
Once a few go, the dam breaks, and it broke catastrophically.
BTW, Iraq was lost in the first few months when Bremmer disbanded the Sunni military. I assume that many didn’t think that was the deal.