"Biden will likely continue the 'counterterrorism-plus' strategy which would see 1,500 to 2,000 troops remain in the country," said former Defense Department official Michael Rubin, now a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. "The biggest difference between Biden and Trump would be that Biden's negotiators ... would be far less likely than [those of the Trump administration] to cut out the Afghanistan government from key negotiations."
"A complete withdrawal would be bad, but what is inexcusable is that Trump and [U.S. envoy for Afghan peace negotiations Zalmay] Khalilzad are empowering the Taliban on the way out. If the goal was precipitous withdrawal, fine," said Mr. Rubin. "Just don't kneecap the Afghan government and Afghan people on the way out by legitimizing the Taliban."