Blast Joe Biden for a terrible evacuation plan in Afghanistan?
Blast Joe Biden for inexcusably leaving Americans behind?
Blast Joe Biden for a terror attack on his watch?
But also accept two uncomfortable realities about the U.S. military presence in and evacuation from Afghanistan:
- The deal Biden’s predecessor made with the Taliban placed a burden on him that he either had to ignore (and therefore send more troops into the country) or live with it and attempt to get everyone out
- None of Biden’s three predecessors had the “guts” to end the war; instead of making the tough choices, they stalled and stonewalled and kicked the proverbial can down the road.
Therefore, what Donald Trump started (too late) and Joe Biden finished — flawed as it was — actually was an attempt to do the right thing: End a debacle of a military presence in another country knowing the people there viewed the U.S. as an invading force and that had no chance of succeeding.