Why Joe Biden Should Stick to the May 1 Deadline to Bring Home Troops From Afghanistan
Trita Parsi / Adam Weinstein
Tue Mar 23 2021 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s impromptu visit to Kabul over the weekend where he claimed the United States seeks a “responsible end” to the war followed Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s letter to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and a leaked U.S. peace plan. These moves have made one thing clear: Washington’s foreign-policy elite is once again deluding itself, this time to think that if U.S. troops are kept in Afghanistan a bit longer, a deeper civil war can be evaded, the Taliban can be kept in check and the gains Afghans have achieved in urban areas can be protected.