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The botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is the first major foreign policy crisis of the Biden administration.

The decision to withdraw is not to blame. This was a failure of execution rather than strategy. The US presence was increasingly unsustainable — the US had already withdrawn a significant number of troops, the Taliban were rapidly gaining territory, and few Americans cared anymore. President Joe Biden inherited a broken peace process and the prospect of a renewed conflict with a strengthened Taliban if he reneged on Trump’s commitments. ..

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