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RE: Blaming this administration for the current happenings is like blaming...

OK, I think I understand where you are coming from. When I read MWE's post I thought he was referring to the "decision" to pull out. (The decision was made by Trump to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan [formalized by the 29 February 2020 Doha Agreement]. Biden also supported withdrawal from Afghanistan.) My misinterpretation. From what you are saying and from rereading MWE's post, I think that you are both talking about the "situations" in which Ford and Biden found themselves in.


A difference between the Ford and Biden situation is that Ford only had 2 months to evacuate after the peace agreement was signed. With the current situation, the Pentagon had about 17 months to prepare for the evacuation (March 2020 to now).


My point was that it appears that the current administration, the intelligence agencies and the Pentagon miscalculated how fast the Taliban would advance, miscalculated the strength, will or leadership of the Afghan forces to resist Taliban advances and miscalculated the Taliban's strength and capabilities. Hence, my reference to Kirby's "Kabul is not right now in an imminent threat environment" Friday comment and Biden's July 8 comments "...The Taliban is not the south - the North Vietnamese army. They're not - they're not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There's going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the - of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable." and "But the likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely."

And here we are. On Sunday, 2 days after the Pentagon spokesperson's comment and 38 days after Biden's comments, the Afghanistan government collapsed, the Taliban took over, and the Administration and Pentagon are scrambling to secure the evacuations.


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