Biden’s straight talk to Afghan leaders
President Joe Biden’s speech on July 8 drew some clear lines. This sounded like a “denounce, dump and departure declaration” at best. The usual media fodder centered on ending America’s longest war, the need to stop sending yet another generation to war in a country that has never been united, and the like. But crucially, the hard-hitting speech, that might have come as a thunderbolt to many Afghans, carried some key takeaways.
Biden denounced the idea of nation-building in Afghanistan, a notion that had accompanied the war for its entire length since October 2001.
“We achieved those objectives, that’s why we went. We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build. And it’s the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country,” he said.
Biden also emphatically refused to accept responsibility for the…