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Why Republicans must resist a full US withdrawal from Afghanistan

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When President Biden announced that American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan, ending a nearly 20 year war in that country, he likely counted on solid Republican support for the plan. After all, President Trump also announced his own prospective departure from Afghanistan, setting it for May 1, 2021.

As a result, many prominent Republicans, elected and otherwise, are either endorsing Biden’s plan or declining to criticize it. A Politico-Morning Consult survey places Republican approval for Biden’s policy at 42 percent compared to 59 percent of registered voters nationally — a not insignificant showing of bipartisan agreement in a polarized time.

Nonetheless, support for Trump’s policy should not automatically entail support for Biden’s.

As president, Trump changed the GOP’s foreign-policy calculus, shifting the party away from the neoconservative nation-building and democracy-planting embraced so thoroughly by the Bush administration. In its place, he offered a helpful recalibration of America’s foreign-policy scales. Recognizing, correctly, that ideological objectives had obscured the national interest, he called for decades of foreign entanglement to give way to a new, postwar era of domestic investment and........

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