The fall of Afghanistan is terrible to watch. That's no reason for the U.S. to stay.

Afghan troops.
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Even if you believe America's exit from Afghanistan is necessary, it's difficult to have good feelings about the end of our longest war. Shame seems more appropriate.

U.S. troops completed their evacuation from Bagram Air Base this week — not with a formal change-of-command ceremony, but by slipping away under cover of night, and without bothering to tell the base's new Afghan commander. "We (heard) some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram," said Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, "and finally by seven o'clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram." President Biden may be eager to reassert American leadership on the world stage, but it's difficult to think that either our allies or enemies will look at what happened at Bagram and be much impressed.

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