Biden says the Afghan war is ending. That increasingly looks like a lie.

Contractors, air strikes, trainings, and clandestine operatives, oh my

President Biden.
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President Biden's April speech announcing his plan to end the 20-year U.S. war in Afghanistan was frank and pragmatic. "We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal, and expecting a different result," he said. Though Washington's diplomatic and humanitarian work in Afghanistan will continue, "we will not stay involved in Afghanistan militarily," Biden pledged. Now is the "time to end America's longest war," he said. "It's time for American troops to come home."

That's true. But it also increasingly looks like a lie.

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