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August 16, 2021

Biden faces lasting blemish from Afghanistan exit

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: The Hill

Journalists Morgan Chalfant, Amie Parnes

President Biden is facing criticism over his administration’s withdrawal from the two-decade conflict in Afghanistan that could leave a lasting blemish on his presidency.

Biden, who ran for president in part on his foreign policy experience, looked like he was caught flat-footed as he and other U.S. officials acknowledged on Monday that Afghanistan fell to the Taliban much more quickly than they anticipated.

Under pressure to address the situation, Biden returned to the White House from Camp David on Monday and offered a full-throated defense of his decision to end the U.S. military combat operation after two decades of war.

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  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...