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Republicans split over Afghan refugees: Trump is now being led by the raging racism of his base

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I don't think most people fooled themselves into thinking that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was going to be a great moment of triumph for America. It would be an ignominious end no matter how the last chapter was written. And regardless of the execution, it was clear that the poor wartorn country was either in for years of civil war or a swift takeover by the oppressive Taliban. (The mere fact that the Trump administration had been negotiating directly with the Taliban directly gave credence to the notion that the latter outcome was likely.) Nonetheless, watching the chaotic scenes from Kabul that have been blanketing the airwaves for the past week has been heartbreaking. It's hard to imagine that it could have gone much worse.

This was not unanticipated. I had personally been following this story as it unfolded last spring with a mix of confusion and disbelief:

Recent reports say the White House was "wary" of right-wing backlash if they agreed to open up the country to Afghan refugees, including those who helped the Americans over the past 20 years. If true, they were extremely foolish. Of course, there was going to be a right-wing backlash no matter what they did. You'd think all Democrats would have learned that by now. All the dithering achieved was allowing the right to hit them from all directions.

Some GOP officials (along with many Democrats and members of the press) are highly critical of Biden for failing to adequately prepare the evacuations. I assume some are sincerely concerned but it's hard to imagine that the likes of Minority Leader Mitch........

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