It is hard to see how Biden can emerge from this disaster without his credibility shredded, but the greater loss is to the credibility of the United States, which increasingly appears a fading power internationally (as well as a failing state at home).
About William Maley
Professor William Maley is Emeritus Professor at The Australian National University, and is author of Rescuing Afghanistan (2006), What is a Refugee? (2016), Transition in Afghanistan: Hope, Despair and the Limits of Statebuilding (2018), The Afghanistan Wars (3rd ed, 2021), and Diplomacy, Communication and Peace: Selected Essays (2021). He and Dr Niamatullah Ibrahimi are co-authors of Afghanistan: Politics and Economics in a Globalising State (2020).