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The Fiasco in Afghanistan is a Grave Blow to America’s Standing



Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force transport plane as it moves down a runway of the Kabul airport. (Verified UGC via AP)
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If the propagandists of the Taliban had scripted the collapse of America’s 20-year mission to reshape Afghanistan, they could not have come up with more harrowing images. Desperate Afghans, terrified about what the victorious zealots might do, chased departing American cargo planes down the runway, trying to clamber into the landing gear and inevitably falling to their deaths.

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