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Can America learn from its defeat in Afghanistan?

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For a brief moment last month, amid the chaotic and tragic final days of America’s longest war, it looked as if a Democratic Congress would perform honest oversight of a Democratic administration.

The chasm between the reality on the ground and the rhetoric from the White House was too wide.

It didn’t last long. As oversight hearings began this week, Congress fell back into largely partisan camps. Democrats want to spread the blame around, as shown by the very title of Monday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing: “Afghanistan 2001-2021: Evaluating the Withdrawal and U.S. Policies.” The message is clear. Don’t blame President Joe Biden for losing an unwinnable war.

Republicans aren’t much better. Too many want to forget the treacherous negotiations with the Taliban conducted by former President Donald Trump’s administration. Trump himself even issued a statement........

© The Japan Times

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