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World media: The flight of Americans from Afghanistan does not please the Russians

“The White House was clearly unprepared for the speed of Afghanistan's collapse and stunned. Even Biden's allies won't try to argue that this is a job well done,” writes the U.S. analytical publication Politico.

The foreign press after the capture of Kabul by the Taliban counts trillions of dollars wasted and declares the humiliating defeat of the U.S. in Afghanistan.

“The sudden fall of Kabul under Taliban onslaught ended the era of U.S. presence in Afghanistan,” was the headline on the front page of The New York Times.

“The takeover of the entire country was almost absolute as the government collapsed and the U.S. began to evacuate its citizens at a frantic pace. Biden will go down in history as the president who ruled during the humiliating final act of a long and confusing American chapter in Afghanistan,” the publication notes.

On Sunday, Taliban units entered the Afghan capital, taking control of the city. The Afghan military was allowed to disperse to their homes, and everyone was given the opportunity to leave the city. All American diplomats were evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and flown by helicopter to the airport in the Afghan capital. American diplomats in Kabul had to burn the flags of the United States before evacuation. On the same day, the Taliban announced that they had taken control of the entire territory of Afghanistan.

Le Figaro of Paris reports that “the American odyssey in Afghanistan has resulted in 150,000 deaths and two trillion dollars wasted".

“Paradoxically, the American disorderly flight does not please their rivals and traditional enemies, be they the Persians, the Chinese, or the Russians. Everyone is worried about the instability that a Taliban government might create,” the paper states.

“Decades from now, this situation will be a shining example of the limitations of U.S. power, its inability to effectively fight modern wars or end them on favorable terms,” the Washington Post quotes Michael Kugelman, an expert on Afghanistan at the Wilson Center.

“The American experiment in nation-building in Afghanistan is in ruins — undermined by misguided and often contradictory U.S. policies,” The New York Times echoes him.

The swift American withdrawal from Kabul after the Taliban's victory was met with sharp criticism in Britain.

“What the hell were they dying for?” —

was the screaming headline in Britain's Daily Mail, with a photo of the funerals of dead military personnel while defending Helmand province on the Front Page? “The Western coalition military witnessed the deaths of 457 Britons and the expenditure of 22 billion pounds, and yet the insurgents took Kabul, defeating Afghan forces in just one week,” the publication noted.

“The White House was clearly unprepared for the speed of Afghanistan's collapse and stunned. Even Biden's allies wouldn't try to claim it was a job well done or say it was exactly what they had planned. After all, no one would plan an evacuation at the last minute,” said Brian Klaas, a political analyst who teaches at University College London. The expert's words are quoted by the analytical publication Politico.

Moreover, The New York Times notes that the panicked U.S. evacuation of Kabul showed a significant breakdown in U.S. governance.

"The emergency evacuation, one Defense Department official estimated, may have consisted of 20,000 Americans and untold numbers of Afghans and managed to reflect the history of the entire 20-year war: the gap between the reports of American diplomats and the reality on the ground," the publication reported.

Many media outlets point out that the Taliban's proximity to al-Qaeda is most troubling for the future. "Al-Qaeda and the Taliban do not see this conflict as a simple uprising, but as a struggle between radicals of political Islam on the one hand and Western civilization and its allies on the other. For them, the victory of the Taliban means the collapse of the myth of the military superiority of the West, as well as its rhetoric, values, and authority,” Le Monde quotes Amrullah Saleh, who until Sunday was the first vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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