U.S. President Joe Biden has a goal and he won’t be dissuaded, not by dead marines, nor desperate Afghan allies, dismayed NATO partners, or dropping poll numbers.
He wants American troops out of Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that struck the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.
This fall is supposed to be the spring of America’s post-post-9/11 era, a new beginning for a nation eager to turn the page on two decades of perpetual war.
If so, the era concludes as it began: in bloodshed.
The deaths of a more than a dozen American service members and dozens more Afghan civilians rocked U.S. evacuation efforts in Kabul on Thursday.
It was the deadliest day for U.S. forces in precisely one decade, since the downing of a military helicopter in Afghanistan in August 2011.