James S. Robbins

President Biden bears some of the blame for the catastrophic collapse of the security situation in Afghanistan, but there is plenty to go around.

In his speech to the nation on Monday afternoon, the president made the case that while the recent developments in Afghanistan were dire, they were inevitable. He argued that there is “never a good time to withdraw US forces,” but based on agreements concluded by the previous administration and his own personal assessment of the situation, it was time to go.

President Biden admitted the intelligence failure that led to the dramatic events of the last week. He said the situation “did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” in contrast to his confident prediction a month ago that the Afghans could hold back the Taliban. 

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