The Bottom Line

Should the US have stayed in Afghanistan longer?

Critics of the hasty exit from Afghanistan warn about long-term implications for the United States and its partners.

Every year for 20 years, United States officials justified the war in Afghanistan as worthy and winnable. But after the deadline to withdraw was made, the same officials watched in shock and awe as the Taliban retook their country within days.

Former national security adviser John Bolton and other conservative critics of the Joe Biden administration argue that the US should have stayed in Afghanistan indefinitely, and warn against making any deals with the Taliban.

Host Steve Clemons asks Bolton what the US could ever hope to achieve with a perpetual presence in Afghanistan.