Even from the perspective of the Empire, it made little sense to continue the war in Afghanistan. As Joe has repeatedly pointed out, jihadists can operate from any country. The puppet government in Kabul was a hopeless lost cause. The vital interests of the Empire are elsewhere. The conflict was draining the United States and strengthening China. The last three presidents have all wanted to get out of Afghanistan and execute the long awaited pivot to “the era of great power conflict” with China.
Nothing that has happened in Afghanistan has made Joe Biden any less of a globalist, an imperialist or a liberal internationalist. As he said in his speech, he rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization. He recently announced the new alliance with Britain and Australia the whole point of which is to try to contain China in the Pacific. He said that he doesn’t want a new Cold War with China which is laughable. There is no difference between Biden and Trump on that issue.
If anything, this speech shows that there is always more continuity than change across administrations. For all the people losing their minds over the culture war, the vital business of the Empire carries on. The refugees, asylum seekers and illegal aliens keep flowing in. The container ships continue docking. The drugs and weapons continue flowing. The national debt keeps growing. The military budget continues going up as failure is rewarded. It was an ordeal for Obama, Trump and Biden to withdraw from Afghanistan which ultimately was nothing more than ending a frontier war.