The decision to abandon Afghanistan will be a forever stain on the Biden Presidency. I was horrified by it the day it was announced, as I expressed in this podcast. I remain horrified by it today. Don’t @ me with your defenses and excuses. There are none.
When Biden says phrases like “foreign policy for the middle class,” understand that he means slavery for millions of Afghan women and girls so that the United States can avoid continuing a modest troop presence in a country where that troop presence was keeping barbarism at bay.
If your response to this thread begins with “But Trump…” just stop. Yes, Trump would have done it too. Yes, he wanted to host the Taliban at Camp David. Yes, he signed an agreement that helped make this happen. But if you’re keen to point that out, you’re hiding your shame.
Let’s take a brief moment at least to stare our shame in the face instead. The Afghans will be staring it it the face long after we’ve gone on with our lives.

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