Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said “the Prime Minister’s judgement on Afghanistan has been appalling,” and criticised him for failing to plan for the withdrawal of troops or to replace US troops with other NATO forces.
The judgement of one his backbenchers, Richard Burgon, the Leeds MP and former deputy leadership candidate, has also been called into question, after he demanded that reparations now be paid to the Taliban government.
Tom Harris thinks the Labour Left can barely disguise their satisfaction at the West’s defeat, while Simon Clarke outlines why the hard-Left’s suggestion shows their warped world view.
Biden approval at lowest
Many MPs took aim at Joe Biden, whose approval ratings have dropped to the lowest level of his presidency.
A new poll found that only 46pc of American adults approved of Mr Biden’s overall performance, the lowest level recorded in weekly polls that started when he took office in January.
Just 44pc thought he was doing a “good job” in Afghanistan.
Frank Luntz and Mark Montgomery think the Afghan debacle will destroy the Biden presidency.
Elsewhere, Afghans hired by international humanitarian organisations say they feel abandoned by their employers as international aid workers evacuate, with NGO workers describing offices left in chaos and poor communication from management.
‘What has US offered us?’
In the days before Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, the Telegraph was on the ground planning a documentary telling the story of how life would change for those left behind.
Most people told us it would be weeks, not months, before the Taliban managed to take the whole country. It turned out to be days.
An Afghan military commander spoke to Ben Farmer about his disillusionment with the US and called on the West not to legitimise the Taliban.
Hundreds of people in the eastern city of Jalalabad paraded the Afghan national flag through the streets in a rare early show of public dissent.
Taliban militants fired in the air to disperse the crowds, but there were conflicting reports on numbers of casualties.
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