Afghanistan Falls to the Taliban, How Did It Happen So Fast?

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U.S. defense officials expected that Afghanistan’s capital could fall to the Taliban 90 days after troops withdrew from the area, but it took less than ten days. How were they able to take over so quickly? A number of factors contributed including intelligence failures, a lack of will to fight by the Afghan forces, corruption and money. Amanda Macias, national security reporter at CNBC, joins us for how Afghanistan fell so fast.

Next, speaking on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan’s capital, President Biden acknowledged that tings unfolded quicker than they expected but also said that he stood squarely behind his decision to pull troops out of the area. What are the next steps for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and did we learn anything from intelligence failures on the ground? Dr. Tom Copeland, author of “Fool me Twice: Intelligence Failure and Mass Casualty Terrorism,” joins us for the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Finally, it’s been a theme we have seen throughout the pandemic, a reassessment of the work-life balance. According to the latest Washington Post poll, a third of workers under 40 considered changing their careers or where they lived during the pandemic. Surprisingly, the majority of workers in this poll also wanted to return to their workplace all or most of the time. Scott Clement, polling director at The Washington Post, joins us for more.

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