Latest from Matt Viser

On 20th anniversary, Biden finds closing the book on 9/11 fraught with perils and uncertainty

The president’s arc on the global war on terrorism largely traces that of the nation — from enthusiastic supporter after 9/11 to strident critic in recent years — as he has adopted a far more cautious view of advice coming from the Pentagon.
  • Sep 10, 2021

Trump reaches out to families of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

The former president and his team, sensing a political opportunity, have issued more than 50 statements about Afghanistan, and his PAC has raised millions with repeated fundraising pitches on the topic.
  • Sep 8, 2021

‘Don’t you ever forget that name’: Biden’s tough meeting with grieving relatives

When Biden met this week with families of the service members killed in Afghanistan, a president known for empathy came face-to-face with grief that his decisions helped create.
  • Aug 30, 2021

Biden headed for divisive debate over resettlement of Afghanistan refugees

Criticism is intensifying on Fox News and from the nativist, anti-immigrant factions in the country that helped Donald Trump ride into the White House.
  • Aug 25, 2021

Afghans’ suffering is ‘heartbreaking’ but unavoidable, Biden says

The president said the situation for those seeking to leave Afghanistan was always going to be painful, and he emphasized that refugees will face careful screening before coming to the United States.
  • Aug 22, 2021

‘America First Lite’: Afghanistan withdrawal brings a Biden Doctrine into focus

The president embraces a cautious worldview that prizes alliances but also narrows the aperture of American influence, with greater attention on domestic concerns.
  • Aug 21, 2021

Biden vows to bring Americans home, defends Afghanistan exit amid continuing chaos

The president didn’t acknowledge any errors in the execution of the U.S. withdrawal, urging Americans to save any criticism for later.
  • Aug 20, 2021
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Biden vowed a smooth exit from Afghanistan. Now what?

Biden sold himself as the experienced leader to undo Trump’s foreign policy missteps. But his push to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the ensuing chaos has called that claim into question. Is this moment a test for Biden? And is he passing?
  • Aug 19, 2021

Biden’s promise to restore competence to the presidency is undercut by chaos in Afghanistan

Even some allies say the lack of planning for the U.S. withdrawal from a 20-year war raises questions about the president’s leadership.
  • Aug 16, 2021

‘We just have to keep going’: Biden faces promise and peril amid surging delta variant

Six months into his term, the president who describes himself as being on a wartime footing has many battles left to fight.
  • Aug 6, 2021