As many commentators have pointed out, the withdrawal of United States-led forces from Afghanistan has done lasting damage to the reputation of the U.S. and its allies as reliable partners on the international stage.
Not only did the U.S. pull out of Afghanistan, but the rushed withdrawal turned into both a humanitarian and public relations disaster. As a result, the Americans have handed Russia and China considerable opportunities to step in and present themselves as viable or even desirable alternative international partners.
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