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Biden, Deterrence and Iran

An unfortunate reality of the Biden Presidency has been the failure of deterrence since the chaotic retreat from Afghanistan. White House warnings didn’t deter Vladimir Putin from invading Ukraine, and they haven’t stopped Iran’s proxies from attacking U.S. forces or facilities some 83 times.

‘Shameful’: Expert Assails State Department on Afghanistan ‘After Action’ Report

“It’s just shameful, and starting with the timing of the release, they dropped it on the afternoon of the Friday before the Fourth of July, which is just a naked attempt to bury it, to not have anybody pay attention to it,” says Victoria Coates, a senior research fellow in international affairs and national security at The Heritage Foundation.

Joe Biden Isn’t Sorry About His Afghanistan Withdrawal

Mr. Biden’s report trumpets his “deliberate, intensive, rigorous and inclusive decision-making process” in Afghanistan.

That makes it all worse because it underscores that the problem was the final decision—that is, Joe Biden’s awful judgment.

The U.S. Looks Poised to Leave Vulnerable Afghans Behind Again

One year after the final U.S. military evacuation flight took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, thousands of Afghans remain in temporary housing at a facility in the Persian Gulf. But the State Department may be shutting down operations, leaving about 5,500 Afghans in a desperate limbo.

More than $7B in US military equipment seized by Taliban: Pentagon watchdog

More than $7 billion worth of US-provided military equipment was in the hands of the Western-backed Afghan government when it collapsed last year — and much of it fell into the hands of the Taliban after the Biden bugout, the Defense Department’s inspector general said in a report released Tuesday.

Biden’s enduring Afghanistan debacle

It was Biden’s actions that ensured the collapse of the Afghan government and the takeover of the country by an integrated jihadist network — the Taliban, al Qaeda, and the Haqqani Network — largely controlled by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.