President Biden was right to end America's two-decade-long presence in Afghanistan, argues Daniel Silverberg of The Atlantic. Ultimately, he only had bad options and rightly chose to end this fruitless cause that endangered American lives and swallowed endless taxpayer money. The Taliban's strength has grown continuously since 2001. A clash with the weak Afghan government had been looming, which would have forced America to intervene and lose soldiers, or pull out. The images from Afganistan are sad to see; this is no happy ending. But America had to cut its losses in a region where a clear solution was never in sight. Biden rightly understood this.
President Biden handled the US exit from Afghanistan poorly, asserts the Editorial Board of USA Today. His decision to pull out so swiftly gave the local government and army no time to manage the transition. Afghan soldiers, who previously fought with America's air superiority shielding them, lost it overnight, which devastated morale. The Taliban took advantage of this disorganization and took over swiftly. Now they threaten huge numbers of people that were allies to America and are under threat. Biden should have negotiated with the Taliban to condition America's withdrawal on them staying peaceful. This was a major blunder by Biden.