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Judith Miller: Biden's Afghan debacle is devastating. It's been made worse because he won't own his mistakes

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18.08.2021

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Editor’s note: This commentary first appeared in City Journal.

While assuring Americans that "the buck stops with me," President Joe Biden spent much of his speech Monday blaming everyone else but himself and his administration for the foreign policy catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan.

During his defiant, defensive speech, Biden blamed the debacle on former President Barack Obama for having surged U.S. forces in Afghanistan to fend off the Taliban, President Donald Trump for having negotiated a terrible deal with the Taliban committing American forces to leave precipitously by May 1—and, most egregiously, Afghans themselves for supposedly being unwilling to fend off the Taliban’s horrifying advance.

Only a month ago, Biden justified his decision to abandon the Afghanistan effort by arguing that two decades of American military training and over $1 trillion in economic and military support had left the Afghan government and its military more than capable of defending their country; on Monday, he castigated Afghans for not being able to do so.

"If anything," Biden declared in his defensive speech, "the developments of the past week"—the harrowing string of Taliban victories culminating in the seizure of Kabul, the capital, on Sunday—"reinforce that ending U.S. military........

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