U.S. departure from Afghanistan was a fiasco — and President Biden owns it

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Author(s) Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Source The Miami Herald
Date August 19, 2021
URL https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article253615343.html
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Quotes-start.png It didn’t have to be this way. The U.S. government could have decided to do only what was militarily achievable — destroy the enemy wherever he hid — including in Pakistan — and we could have de-escalated our involvement years ago. After thousands of precious warriors’ lives were lost, we should have at least maintained a very small presence there, like the U.S. military presence at the end of Trump’s term, to keep order, conduct airstrikes, and to back the ANSF. Quotes-end.png


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This item argues against 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).