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What America's Mideast Allies Can Learn From Afghanistan's Collapse

The Taliban’s crushing victory is a personal humiliation for U.S. President Joe Biden, emphasizing that America cannot fix failed states. Israel, surrounded by countries on the verge of collapse, should remember that

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

The comparisons being made between the fall of Kabul to Taliban fighters and the fall of Saigon, with its iconic photographs of U.S. helicopters evacuating American personnel from city rooftops, are unfair to the South Vietnamese. They persevered for over two years after the U.S. military departed in early 1973, until Saigon fell in April 1975. The Afghan National Army has melted away before U.S. troops even departed.

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