The Biden team should consider completing the withdrawal of U.S. troops and resources from Afghanistan and helping U.S. diplomatic and military institutions learn the limitations of their abilities as revealed by this and similar wars.
The Biden team is considering putting a pause on Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from America’s longest war in response to Taliban failures to meet the terms of their agreement with the former president.
Whether or not the Taliban has met its end of the bargain, a new administration gives the United States the opportunity to reevaluate its position and the value of continued blood and treasure spent on Afghanistan.
Given that Afghan insurgents have managed to keep pace in tactical and technological adaptation with U.S. forces, and given that the United States’ reputation has been tarnished by the war, a clear-eyed review of the dynamics of this war would justify unconditional withdrawal.
Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — February 24, 2021