Admittedly, TKC didn't really think this was going to happen . . .
And then, the horrible consequences became clearer . . .
Big picture . .
As President Joe Biden withdraws U.S. troops nearly 20 years after the U.S.-led invasion, Afghanistan faces instability on a number of fronts: The Taliban is resurgent; fears of civil war are rising; and a new threat is emerging - Iran's growing influence.
BEIJING - (AP) - China's foreign minister met Wednesday with a delegation of high-level Taliban officials as ties between them warm ahead of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. A photo posted on the ministry's website showed Wang Yi posing with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation in the city of Tianjin, then sitting down to talks.
The majority of the remaining American troops in Afghanistan were withdrawn recently, with the rest due to leave by the end of August 2021. This withdrawal marks the end of nearly 20 years of American military presence in Afghanistan.
"Is the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan inevitable?" That's the question a reporter put to President Joe Biden this week at a press conference on the US's drawdown in Afghanistan. "No, it is not," Biden said, noting that Afghan government troops greatly outnumber the Taliban and are "as well-equipped as any army in the world."
The local angle . . .
As members of the Association of the United States Army met for beer call at a hot, sunny rooftop bar in Overland Park, Kansas, their conversation quickly turned to the ongoing withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Three of the five veterans at the table spent time in Afghanistan as Army officers.
You decide . . .