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The Taliban Doesn’t Have an ‘Existential Crisis.’ Biden Does.

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“This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies. We’ve got to prove democracy works.” People betting against American democracy “are wrong, and we have to prove them wrong.”

“It is clear, absolutely clear ... that this is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies.”

If you haven’t guessed, these are all lines previously delivered by President Joe Biden. It’s a sentiment I applaud, partly because these were sentiments that could have been spoken by presidents like John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, or George W. Bush—leaders who made long-term commitments to fight and win enduring struggles like the Cold War (in the case of JFK and Reagan) and the global war on terror (in the case of Bush).

Unfortunately, Biden’s humiliating withdrawal in Afghanistan falls terribly short of the standard he’s set.

“America is back”? It sure doesn’t feel that way. At least, not to the people who literally are betting against democracy in the 21st century. As America prepared to evacuate, “Chinese state media...reported on America's ‘humiliation’ in Afghanistan with relish,” according to CNN, and “Russia’s top security official Nikolai Patrushev said on July 19 that Ukraine shouldn’t rely on its American allies because........

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