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The U.S. Shouldn’t Stumble Out of Afghanistan
The U.S. Shouldn’t Stumble Out of Afghanistan
Op-Ed / Asia

The U.S. Shouldn’t Stumble Out of Afghanistan

Originally published in Foreign Policy

Letting the country unravel isn't an exit strategy.

As the United States seeks to finalize a deal with the Taliban, it must reconcile two discordant truths: One is that the United States grievously erred in thinking it could defeat an insurgency in Afghanistan and should have negotiated its military withdrawal much sooner, and the other is that the deal it negotiates now might increase rather than lessen the violence. 

Between those two truths is a narrow space in which the U.S. government could both end its longest war and avoid leaving an intensified civil war in its wake. Whether the expected deal accomplishes those objectives will depend on the details.

Read the full article on Foreign Policy's website.