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The US botched its Afghanistan withdrawal but can take 3 pragmatic steps forward

The image of Afghans desperately running alongside U.S. military transport planes as they were left behind this week was a searing reminder of the human tragedy often overlooked by America’s narcissistic and self-absorbed debates on foreign policy.

Afghanistan is not just a war that’s gone wrong or went on too long — it’s an actual country with real people. This point is all too often overlooked in the 20 years when the U.S. military was deeply engaged there and the many years before when conflict ripped apart the country.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill. Please click here to view the full op-ed.