Biden Exits Afghanistan, Heads in the Wrong Direction

by John V Walsh

“On August 31, Joe Biden wisely accepted the inevitable and announced the final departure of all open military presence in Afghanistan. Perhaps, the most important part of the speech had to do with the future, and here Biden was unequivocal: ‘And here is the critical thing to understand: The world is changing. We’re engaged in a serious competition with China. We’re dealing with the challenges on multiple fronts with Russia. … We have to shore up American competitiveness to meet these new challenges and the competition for the 21st century.’ A major motivation for getting out of Afghanistan is to give the US a freer hand to bring down China and Russia. And this is not to be a peaceful ‘Pivot.'” (09/08/21)