As President Biden cursorily explained in his Monday address on the situation in Afghanistan, he had three broad policy options when it came to withdrawal.
He could comply with Donald Trump’s deal and withdraw all U.S. troops by May 1. He could also modify that same plan by extending the timeline and potentially arranging for a political deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Finally, Biden could have also kept our troops in Afghanistan indefinitely.
In the end, he chose a combination of the first two options. Many of us were glad to have our troops coming home — but are also horrified at the slaughter taking place in Afghanistan. Could this really have been prevented? What are the details of the controversy surrounding Biden’s strategy?