When it comes to recent events in Afghanistan, the press -- barring a few exceptions -- has succeeded in chronicling the extent to which the withdrawal of American forces has been so completely and overwhelmingly bungled. In doing so, the media has largely prevented President Joe Biden from deflecting criticism by defending the concept of the withdrawal itself rather than taking responsibility for its failed execution. Although reasonable people can disagree about whether a modest presence of American troops ought to have remained in a country where the United States had not suffered a combat fatality since February of 2020, withdrawing from Afghanistan was broadly popular with the American public and was supported by both former President Donald Trump and President Biden.
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