Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

What Joe Biden’s debacle means for Afghanistan and America

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 agosto 2021

America has spent $2trn in Afghanistan since invading in 2001; more than 2,000 American lives have been lost, not to mention more than 117,000 Afghan ones. And yet, having taken Kabul, the Taliban control more of the country today than they did when they were last in power. They have also won the ultimate affirmation: defeating a superpower. It is not surprising that America failed to turn Afghanistan into a democracy. Nor was it unreasonable for Joe Biden, America’s president, to want to draw the conflict to a close, given the duration, scale and expense of the American deployment. But his failure to withdraw in an orderly fashion has left the Afghans abandoned. America’s intelligence was flawed and its planning rigid. Mr Biden was capricious and his concern for allies minimal. That is likely to embolden jihadists everywhere. It will also dismay America’s friends and encourage adventurism on the part of hostile governments such as Russia’s or China’s. By Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist


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