Most U.S. troops have left their bases in Afghanistan, ending nearly two decades of American military presence. Experts have raised concerns about the stability of the regime in Afghanistan and whether this withdrawal could eventually result in a takeover by the Taliban.

University of Washington political philosopher Michael Blake, writing about the ethics of the U.S. withdrawal, argues that even if this may be the right action, the United States cannot escape ownership of the moral wrongs that may follow. At best, it might seek to minimize the wrongs and in future conflicts enter with an exit strategy, he adds.

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A handover ceremony as U.S. troops prepare to leave Afghanistan. Afghan Ministry of Defense Press Office via AP

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