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Afghanistan/USA – Vietnam’s lessons for the Afghanistan failure: Don’t count out US leadership just yet (Atlantic Council)

Daniel Fried

The August 15 images of helicopters lifting fleeing diplomats from the US embassy in Kabul—like those of a similar calamity in Saigon in April 1975—will weigh on the United States. US President Joe Biden had dismissed the possibility of such a scenario just weeks ago, which suggests that neither he nor his administration understood the situation on the ground. Although the decision to pull out of Afghanistan was defensible (though questionable), the United States executed that decision poorly, making the worst outcomes more likely. We’re now faced with a humanitarian disaster for those Afghans who trusted the United States, embraced our values, or even worked with us and our allies over the past twenty years.

Vietnam’s lessons for the Afghanistan failure: Don’t count out US leadership just yet – Atlantic Council