Magazine November 15, 2021, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

Is it too late to send Joe Biden on paternity leave?

In mid October, the State Department informed Congress that the government was in touch with 363 U.S. citizens in Afghanistan, 176 of whom wanted to get out. The day before the U.S. military evacuation wrapped up, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the administration was tracking “a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave.” The new count reveals the dramatic dishonesty, incompetence, or both displayed by the administration since August’s withdrawal fiasco. Keep in mind that

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