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Kind of funny how so many from the US are feigning shock at what happened when this is what the US planned for a year and a half. Many are hypocritically switching their opinion, and pretending like they suddenly care about Afghani people, because it's convenient to their political biases to do so.

Trump and nearly all of the Democratic Party candidates wanted troops out of Afghanistan (including Bernie and Tulsa).  Some Democratic candidates spit bullshit about "I can get us out of there AND prevent a Taliban takeover in my first term"  others said an even stupider "Lets get troops out and instead spend money on Afghanistan" not caring that the Taliban would be the recipients. Only two of the many candidates pointed out the consequences and wouldn't commit to a withdrawal  - Deval Patrick and Marianne Williamson - and how many people cared enough to actually support them in this?

Just as a refresher on what the US did a year and a half ago:

Afghan conflict: US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war

Published29 February 2020

The US and the Taliban have signed an "agreement for bringing peace" to Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict.

The US and Nato allies have agreed to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.

President Trump said it had been a "long and hard journey" in Afghanistan. "It's time after all these years to bring our people back home," he said.

Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are due to follow.

Under the agreement, the militants also agreed not to allow al-Qaeda or any other extremist group to operate in the areas they control.

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