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August 17, 2021

Was the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan inevitable?

Featuring Richard Fontaine

Source: The Times of Israel

Journalist Shaun Tandon

The swift collapse of the Afghan government has reinforced US President Joe Biden’s argument that nothing more could have been done. But was the Taliban’s victory inevitable?

To critics of Biden’s decision to end America’s longest war, the 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan in the final months proved that the United States could provide some stability — helping preserve women’s rights and counter-terrorism operations — at a cost negligible by Pentagon standards.

Biden and his allies dismiss the argument, saying that US troops were safe only because the Taliban held fire as part of a withdrawal deal.

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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...