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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

OPINION:

When Democrats savage a secretary of state who serves in a presidential administration of their party, it is obvious that something significant has taken place. This is what we have seen in the hot-seat testimony of Secretary Antony Blinken before the House Foriegn Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, characterized our pullout from Afghanistan as “clearly and fatally flawed.” It does not get much worse than that, and the comment is justified, given the vast number of Americans and Afghan allies who were left behind — and new intelligence which indicates a likelihood that al Qaeda may be able to establish a terrorist base in the country in the next one to two years.


Reasonable people should be able to agree that a major foreign-policy mistake was made in the manner in which American forces withdrew. The only bright spot for the administration is that the midterm election is more than a year away, and the next presidential election more than three years away. If a national election were being held today, it could be disastrous for President Biden and his supporters.

OREN SPIEGLER

Peters Township, Pa.


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