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From the “where are they now” files:

Former UK prime minister John Major has criticised the withdrawal of western forces from Afghanistan as a “strategically very stupid” decision which he found “morally incomprehensible”. Sir John, speaking at the FT Weekend Festival, said the retreat was further proof of a more isolationist US to the potential detriment of the world. “I think we were wrong to leave Afghanistan, we were wrong morally but also wrong practically,” he said. The intervention comes after Tony Blair, Labour prime minister at the time of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, also criticised the withdrawal which saw the Taliban rapidly seize control of most of the country.

The fact that every British public official who has been wrong on every foreign policy question of the last 20 years opposes Biden’s policy is all the more reason to believe that it’s right.

It must be said, however, that Major, Blair et al. are at least honest about the policy they favor — i.e. permanent occupation paid for in lives and money entirely by another country going forward — which is better than American hawks claiming that they merely oppose the way Biden did it (note: there is no good way to do it.)

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