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The US aim with Afghanistan was to cut its losses to focus on China, but the repercussions from its exit will make that impossible

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As the chaos in Kabul rages on, some insist it’s all part of a cunning American plan. At least that’s what Blinken seemed to be claiming as he doubled down on the White House’s assertion that remaining in Afghanistan was “not in our national interest”.

The swift abandonment of the Central Asian nation and its capitulation to the Taliban (though perhaps not at the speed it happened) was the deliberate intent of a US foreign policy that sought to end the carrying of the cross of its “forever wars” and shift its strategy from the Middle East and associated conflicts in Muslim nations towards a new era of “great-power competition” with China.

Washington convinced itself it would be convenient for the West to simply leave it all behind as if none of it ever happened, and as if none of it would ever come back to harm it again. The collapse of the Afghan government to the Taliban seemed an inevitable price to pay, even if it happened far sooner than expected. Yet, it’s not turning out to be as simple as that.

One particular aspect of the War on Terror era is that the West has been locked in a vicious cycle of wars it once thought would be quick and easy – not just in Afghanistan, but in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Instead, they’ve set off never-ending chain reactions of further conflict, with one crisis leading to the next.

And now the West is facing blowback. It never quite understood that its actions would cause that blowback, spurring on the radicalisation of Muslims and the spread of extremist ideologies, which, in turn, ignited........

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