Obviously Afghanistan has been the primary focal point in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001 when the United States was attacked and about 3,000 people were murdered. The US government identified Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization based in and allied with the Taliban, the Islamic government in Afghanistan, as the perpetrators of the attacks. While political and military mistakes have been made in this 10 year conflict, we have been successful and destroying the violent Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership and allowing a government friendly to its neighbors to hopefully evolve. This evolution will take time and be difficult, so our commitment should not waver, but our need for regular military forces in Afghanistan has ended. Continuing to watch and appropriately react to developments in Afghanistan will be an important political issue.

Afghanistan isn’t Biden’s first epic mistake

by Marc A. Thiessen,
from The Washington Post,

The lesson of President Biden’s Afghan debacle is clear: People who make epic mistakes tend to repeat them. This is not the first catastrophic withdrawal of U.S. forces over which Biden has presided. In 2011, Biden was in charge of the disastrous American withdrawal from Iraq. Back then, he boasted that pulling troops out of Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration,” and was so proud of his role that he called President Barack Obama from Baghdad to thank him “for giving me the chance to end this goddamn war.” But he did not end the war; he reignited it.

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