We struck a deal with the Taliban to have a peaceful and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan in February 2020 … 18 months ago. We were supposed to be out by May 1st.
The reason that there has been such a chaotic withdrawal isn’t due to the Taliban. It is due to the Pentagon which opposed Trump’s peace deal and refused to withdraw until the last minute. The Taliban swept across the entire country including Kabul which surrendered without a fight. They struck deals with local officials to surrender without a fight. They have announced an amnesty for government officials.
Far from being a debacle, the Taliban hasn’t attacked any Americans during the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Taliban waltzed into these cities. The Taliban is going easy on former Afghan government officials. The war is actually over in Afghanistan. The optics of the withdrawal were created by the Pentagon and the corporate media to embarrass Joe Biden and drum up support for staying in Afghanistan.