I feel like I’ve heard SO MUCH about Afghanistan in the past week and a half, very little of tonight was new. One buried point I wish John had brought up was that the US forces very early on had great success in routing the Taliban. In 2001 the Taliban attempted to negotiate a peace deal and turn over Bin Laden. But Bush and Rumsfeld didn’t want to go for it, then promptly got distracted by invading beside-the-point Iraq, and, well.
John could also have bolstered his support for refugees with the fact that the US brought in 125,000 Vietnamese refugees in just the first year after the fal