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Post What is the Evidence that Trump Would Have Handled the Withdrawal More Competently?
Created by John Eipper on 08/31/21 3:31 AM

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What is the Evidence that Trump Would Have Handled the Withdrawal More Competently? (Francisco Ramirez, USA, 08/31/21 3:31 am)

What is Francisco Wong-Díaz's evidence that supports his assertion that Trump and his people would have been much better in the evacuation of Americans and their allies from Afghanistan? Is there evidence of a an exit strategy that anticipated the rapid collapse of the Afghan government and the Afghan military? Did this exit strategy have feasible contingency plans that will soon surface and be known to us?

Or, alternatively, does the evidence consist in an assessment of how Trump and his people conducted foreign affairs, an assessment that clearly leads to the inference of greater competence? In dealing with Putin? With the leadership of China? With the leadership of North Korea? Our allies in Europe and Asia? Mexico? Or, perhaps, one should turn to domestic matters and reflect on competent leadership in coping with Covid? (See my WAIS post of March 4th.)

Name-calling does not add up to a cogent evidence-based argument.

JE comments: While we are reflecting on what might have been, imagine if the Kabul attack had occurred under a President Trump, as the result of a withdrawal agreement signed under a previous administration.  In such a scenario, to whom would the Trumpistas be directing their ire?

Here is Francisco Ramírez's March posting on the Trump Covid response:


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