Defeated in Afghanistan. Biden repositions with an aggressive focus on China.

A twenty-year long war and trillions of dollars could not defeat the Taliban.

President Biden announced the U.S. withdrawing finally from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

It will be twenty years since President Bush sent them there following the attack on the United States by Al Queda.

Steve Coll in The New Yorker is blunt.

By now, it can come as no surprise that the U.S. has openly accepted defeat in its longest-running war. It has been evident for at least a decade that the war was unwinnable militarily.

A defense budget of billions – trillions over twenty years – could not defeat the Taliban.

Leaving Afghanistan doesn’t mean the United States is reducing its military presence around the world or in the Middle East.

“The United States maintains a constellation of air bases in the Persian Gulf region, as well as in Jordan, and the Pentagon operates a major regional air headquarters in Qatar,” reports The NY Times.

It allows Biden to reposition to Asia and aggressively challenge China, which many of Biden’s advisors argue is a greater military threat than the Taliban.

China has an army of over two million, but few are stationed outside its borders.

China’s main challenge to the United States is an economic one. A military response to an economic challenge means an increasing danger of war.

“A Council on Foreign Relations report this month called Taiwan the most likely spark for a U.S.-China war, a prospect with dire human consequences that it said “should preoccupy the Biden team,” writes Robert Burn for AP.

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