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August 13, 2021

Biden has wanted the U.S. to pull the plug on Afghanistan for years. Doing it has consequences.

Featuring Lisa Curtis

Source: The Washington Post

Journalists Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan

Last month, President Biden vowed that his decision to pull American forces out of Afghanistan would never end in a repeat of the infamous helicopter evacuation from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon at the ignominious close of the Vietnam War. “There’s going to be no circumstance when you’re going to see people being lifted off the roof,” he said.

But the drama in Afghanistan is now closer to that scenario than Biden might have envisioned, as the president found himself ordering thousands of troops back into Kabul to help evacuate American diplomats from the bunkered U.S. Embassy.

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  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...