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On Afghanistan, Biden decides a 20-year war is long enough and upsets all the right people


Joe Biden wants to do what no American president this century has been able to do. On Wednesday, he announced his intention to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the terror attack that sparked the longest war in this nation’s history.

“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” he said.

This announcement demonstrates what have proven to be the two most promising aspects of Biden’s young presidency: the ability to learn from past mistakes, his own and others, and a willingness to trigger the right people.

And right now, all the right people are upset.

John Bolton, the United Nations ambassador under President George W. Bush and national security adviser under President Donald Trump, called the decision “reckless” and predicted “terrorists would enjoy a resurgence threatening America.” Bolton is a warmonger so fond of regime changes that he even somewhat supported Trump’s impeachment. But his sentiment represents the consensus of much of the foreign policy establishment, the “bipartisan” backlash machine known as “the blob.” 


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