Biden's Afghanistan horror: A well-intentioned miscalculation with disastrous, predictable results

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Author(s) USA Today editorial board
Source USA Today
Date August 16, 2021
URL https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2021/08/15/bidens-departure-afghanistan-predictable-and-disastrous/8142482002/
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Quotes-start.png It was a choice with disastrous consequences. Any incentive for the Taliban to negotiate peace was gone. A security umbrella of U.S. air cover that had staved off battlefield defeats for Afghan troops evaporated. (A small Afghan air force with pilots overworked and targeted for assassination has not been up to the task.) And crucially, the morale disintegrated among frontline Afghan troops already poorly fed, denied pay and deprived of bullets and fuel. Quotes-end.png


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This item takes a mixed stance on the position Withdrawal was justified on the topic Withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan (2020–2021).


This item argues for the position Withdrawal was poorly executed on the topic Withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan (2020–2021).