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Re: In the great tussle between Langley and the Pentagon,..
Someone will doubtlessly want to jump on here with a simplistic one-liner like “The Taliban did it not Biden”. So what I meant the way the withdrawal was done/botched, rather than the defeat itself - with everything done to very tight deadlines, the early desertion of strategically defensible Bagram which may have been a political decision, and finally chaos/casualties at the end that inevitably led the Pentagon to lash out followed by an uncharacteristically forensic examination and refutation of that final drone strike by the NYT, a mighty wurlitzer of Langley. It just has the feeling of a setup by some rather manipulative entity who know the dark and clumsy heart of the Pentagon.
Just a thought.