Dave Lawler
May 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

3. Hard exit from Afghanistan

Illustration of a helicopter flying next to a map of Afghanistan
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The biggest foreign policy surprise from President Biden’s first 100 days was his decision to act on a promise his predecessors hadn't: the full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Why it matters: Biden didn't settle on an unconditional withdrawal because he saw a path to a stable Afghanistan without U.S. troops in the country. Instead, he argued that it was clear by now that no such path existed with them there.

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