Misread Warnings Helped Lead To Chaotic Afghan Evacuation

President Joe Biden turns to leave after speaking from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021, on the COVID-19 response and vaccination program. U.S. health officials Wednesday announced plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to all Americans to shore up their protection amid the surging delta variant and signs that the vaccines' effectiveness is falling. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP) — The warnings were clear: The Afghan government would likely fall once U.S. troops pulled out. But intelligence agencies and ultimately President Joe Biden missed how quickly it would happen, losing weeks for evacuation and spurring the biggest foreign policy crisis of the young administration. The chaotic evacuation of U.S. and allied civilians is calling into question Biden’s fateful decision to delay the departures in a fruitless effort to buck up the morale of Afghanistan’s fighting force.


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