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Fiddling While Kabul Falls

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Historians aren't actually sure that Nero caused or neglected a fire that consumed much of ancient Rome. Historians, however much they'd like to, won't be able to deny that President Joe Biden bears full responsibility for America's humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, and our neglect of the tens of thousands who aided us and now face torture and death from the Taliban.

"The drawdown is proceeding in a secure and orderly way," Biden assured Americans on July 8. A Taliban takeover of Afghanistan "is not inevitable," he said, pledging to "continue to provide civilian and humanitarian assistance, including speaking out for the rights of women and girls."

Asked if there were parallels with the American abandonment of Saigon, he saw "zero." "The Taliban is not the South -- the North Vietnamese army," he said. "There's going to be no circumstance where you see people lifted off the roof of an embassy in the -- of the United States from Afghanistan."

Events last weekend forced Biden to go on national television Monday night and eat his words. He insisted that his administration was "clear-eyed about the risks" and "planned for every contingency," but conceded, in fine understatement, that "this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated."

Partisans of the president say he's only doing what the public........

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