Afghanistan US Withdrawal Complete: Live Updates
Like the pandemic, the final U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan held an unflattering mirror of its often ugly policies. He also revealed characteristics of Joe Biden’s leadership that the president had previously hidden from the public.
While saying that the male stopped with him, the president frequently moved him elsewhere. Its attack on the endangered Afghan army ignored years of sacrifice by thousands of soldiers and its own withdrawal of military support. Biden ran for office on the basis of competence, empathy, and as a foreign policy expert who would always be at the voter level. This image is now severely tarnished. The deaths of several children in an Afghan family caught in a US airstrike targeting an ISIS-K vehicle bomb has meanwhile betrayed the risks of the new terrorist war “on the horizon” for Biden.
A few Republicans have advanced a necessary and tempered criticism of the events in Kabul. But the crisis has also exposed the hypocrisy and cowardly loyalty to ex-President Donald Trump which is the main operating principle of their party.
While devastating Biden, few Republicans acknowledged that Trump’s surrender to the Taliban in a withdrawal agreement set the stage for disaster. Just hours after 13 U.S. servicemen and more than 170 Afghans were killed in a suicide bombing, Republicans demanded Biden’s resignation and impeachment. These are the same lawmakers who appeased and still allow Trump’s assault on American democracy, and who claimed that removing him for blatant abuse of power was pure politics. There just aren’t many serious people in the GOP these days.
The right-wing partisan media have produced their usual torrent of lies. But some liberal journalists, in their zeal to defend Biden, also let partisanship blind them to the truth of the evacuation failures.
The crisis has also highlighted America’s brightest sides. Once awakened, the military, in coordination with their allies, carried out a magnificent airlift which saved more than 122,000 people. The troops who died did so while offering foreigners a chance to start a new life.
Covid-19 has opened up the ideological divides that separate American society, and the Afghan drama has shown how impossible it is now to have a reasonable argument on a key national security issue in Washington. Biden’s inaugural plea for national unity seems more elusive than ever.
Editor’s Note: This post is taken from the September 1 edition of CNN’s Meanwhile in America, the daily email on American politics to readers around the world. Click here to read previous editions and subscribe.