[Ed. – The author’s main concern is Biden’s ‘ambitious social reforms,’ which are in danger of being ‘derailed’ unless he gives an honest accounting of what went down in Afghanistan — which may be beyond Biden’s abilities. In any case, if its truth the New York Times if after, the word ‘presidency’ in the title should be replaced by ‘far-left agenda.’]
For days, the news media have compared the chaotic end of our misadventure in Afghanistan to the gruesome images of terrified people rushing on planes at Kabul airport as the final exit from South Vietnam. The comparison is open; the last American combat troops left Indochina two years before the fall of the Saigon government.
But there is at least one potential parallel between the two conflicts that should worry President Biden: The last time a war broke out against a Democratic president, it derailed its national agenda and blocked the most ambitious social reforms in the world. ‘a generation. [sic]
Of course, domestic political concerns should not obscure the immediate urgency of removing all Americans and Afghans who worked for them from Afghanistan. But history shows how adversity abroad has often caused trouble for the ruling party in its country.