Afghanistan: We Never Learn, by Matt Taibbi

There’s one conclusion that can immediately drawn from the Afghanistan fiasco: the people running this country don’t have a clue what they’re doing. From Matt Taibbi at taibbi.substack.com:

As the Taliban waltzes into Kabul, the look of surprise on the faces of top officials should frighten us most of all

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, when asked months ago about the possibility that there might be a “significant deterioration” of the security picture in Afghanistan once the United States withdrew its forces, said, “I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.”

Blinken’s Nostradamus moment was somehow one-upped by that of his boss, Joe Biden, who on July 8th had the following exchange with press:

Q: Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse.

BIDEN: That is not true, they did not reach that conclusion… There is going to be no circumstance where you see people lifted off the roof of an embassy… The likelihood that you’re going to see the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.

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