Biden's disastrous handling of Afghanistan cast a cloud over this 9/11 anniversary

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He'd clearly intended his Afghan pullout to allow a triumphant speech on the 20th anniversary of the world's deadliest terrorist strike.
We didn't want to talk about it on the day itself, but what a cloud President Joe Biden managed to cast over the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

But he was so determined to make political hay from ending America's longest war as the country commemorated the attack that sparked it that he instead wrought a national humiliation.

Notably, Biden extended the deadline for exiting — right into the combat season, allowing the Taliban to plan an offensive that made it look like they were driving America into retreat. Then, as the Afghan army collapsed, deprived of air support and its morale shredded by events like the middle-of-the-night US abandonment of Bagram Air Base, he stubbornly stuck to his self-imposed deadline even after it became clear it'd mean abandoning Americans and allies.

His debacle leaves the Taliban far stronger than they were on Sept. 11, 2001, and raises the risk of terrorism worldwide from al Qaeda and like-minded groups.

President Biden salutes during a ceremony at National 9/11 Memorial, as he's been placed under heavy scrutiny on this day regarding his recent handling of Taliban. Yuri Gripas / Pool via CNP

And to think he made his supposedly vaunted foreign-policy experience a centerpiece of his campaign.

The Taliban established their Islamic emirate in 1996 but never had complete control of the country: The US special forces that helped topple them relied on resistance fighters from the north. But this year's resistance faced…
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