American presidents used visits to NATO headquarters over the past 20 years to talk up the military and moral imperatives in Afghanistan, where U.S. and allied forces fought side by side.
But President Biden pivoted at NATO last week, focusing on China and cyber threats. As the last U.S. forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, the conflict was almost a footnote.
“Our troops are coming home, but we agreed that our diplomatic, economic and humanitarian commitment to the Afghan people and our support for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces will endure,” Biden said on June 14.
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