Almost one year ago, US forces departed Afghanistan after two decades of war. Their enemy was the Taliban, who didn’t wait for all American soldiers to leave before taking over the country.
Now Afghanistan is in shambles. The country’s economy has tanked, food shortages abound and women and girls face new restrictions on their freedoms. Still, most Americans believe President Joe Biden made the right call by ending this “forever war.”
On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to former US marine and CIA officer Elliot Ackerman, whose new book “The Fifth Act,” details the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Ackerman believes the US military could have done a much better job at leaving the country, not to mention leaving so many Afghan allies behind.
We also talk to Fawzia Koofi, who served as a member of the Afghan Parliament from 2005 until 2021, about the grim new reality for women and girls in her country. A country she had to flee after the Taliban takeover.
Watch the full episode here.