“War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multigenerational undertaking. So when will it be the right moment to leave? One more year? Two more years? Ten more years?” Susan B Glasser in The New Yorker: Biden Finally Got to Say No to the Generals.

+ Biden’s gamble: Will pulling troops revive extremist threat? (There are ways to address that threat without boots on the ground. The bigger question is what will become of the gains girls and women have made.)

+ BBC: ‘We have won the war, America has lost,’ say Taliban.

+ Photos: Sacrifice, sorrow: 20 years of war in Afghanistan.