So whose fault is it really? That’s a very difficult question to answer — particularly because in a situation as complex as the US involvement in Afghanistan, there’s enough blame to go around. (George W. Bush and Barack Obama, among others, also surely deserve blame, but they’ve since effectively retired from the Washington scene and won’t pay the same kind of political price.)
But I thought it would be useful to break down the case(s) for blaming each of the big figures in this Afghanistan withdrawal. They’re below (and listed in alphabetical order by last name).
A larger look across the coverage of the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan suggests Sullivan and Blinken have received the lion’s share of blame — which, of course, makes them the most obvious targets for possibly being fired by Biden if he needs someone to blame.
Biden has been reluctant to do that so far — but with 13 American troops now dead, has his calculus changed?