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WaPo’s reporter tells MSNBC the Biden administration ‘owns the failures’ of the Afghanistan withdrawal

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Washington Post investigative reporter Craig Whitlock told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, on the one-year anniversary of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, “the Biden Administration owns the failures of the evacuation.”

The war in Afghanistan had lasted 20 years, from 2001-2021. At the end, Americans at home were appalled by images of a resurgent Taliban regime as American gear, allies, and even some American citizens were left behind. 

“A year later, I think the American people are still really trying to come to grips with this idea that they lost the war to the Taliban,” Whitlock said.

“This was the longest armed conflict in United States history. And I think people are still haunted by those images of our withdrawal by the U.S. military planes trying to evacuate people a year ago,” he observed. “And this is — this is a very painful moment in U.S. history.”

A Taliban fighter sits on the back of a vehicle with a machine gun in front of the main gate leading to the Afghan presidential palace, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021.
(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Whitlock explained that the Afghanistan withdrawal was a humanitarian disaster, and that neither the general populace nor “our political leaders” have truly “come to grips” with how the war in Afghanistan ended. 

“As you know, the U.S. Congress several months ago approved the…

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