The Atlantic Daily: Biden Stands By His Afghanistan Withdrawal

The war in Afghanistan is over, and the president stands by his decision to end it.

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The war in Afghanistan is over, and the president stands by his decision to end it.

Today, just one day after the last military flight departed from Kabul, President Joe Biden defended his decision to pull U.S. forces from Afghanistan and praised the evacuation mission as a success.

It’s too early to know what history will make of the president’s calls over the past few weeks; writers at this publication have doled out both criticism and praise. And we still don’t know what the retreat means for U.S. foreign policy going forward. For now, this long, fraught chapter is simply over.

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