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From the ashes of Afghanistan, a 'Biden Doctrine' emerges

A narrow US focus on national interest puts Taiwan and Japan on edge

U.S. President Joe Biden has rejected the notion of remaking countries through military interventions. (Photo courtesy of the White House)

NEW YORK -- When U.S. President Joe Biden told the world Monday that he did not regret withdrawing from Afghanistan, he supplied his rationale and laid out the guiding principles of his foreign policy.

No attempting to remake a country through military deployment. No fighting indefinitely in a conflict not in America's national interest. No doubling down on a foreign civil war. On a tactical level, he will engage in counterterrorism but not counterinsurgency and will use over-the-horizon capability to target direct threats to the U.S.

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