After Kabul, hard questions about American global leadership
The Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan strikes at the U.S. commitment to democracy and human rights. But an American ability to learn from mistakes may help restore its leadership.
As Afghan provincial capitals fell at blitzkrieg pace last week, with the national capital, Kabul, the ultimate prize in the insurgent Taliban’s sights, the White House chose the moment to inform the world that President Joe Biden would host a “leaders’ summit for democracy” at year’s end.
With America’s 20-year effort to bring democratic governance, universal education, and human rights to Afghanistan...