The political and humanitarian fallout from the rapid American withdrawal from Afghanistan is dominating the newsflow. Much of the attention is on the botched and hasty exit of American forces and the ensuing fiasco. Indeed, there is a growing cottage industry of commentators rediscovering the Taliban, how they fight and operate (the best work here is by Anatol Lieven). Much of this commentary is characteristically, too late.

 I have little to add to this debate beyond what is already in the media, but there…

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