Russia and China are doing exactly what proponents of peace through strength predicted they would when Afghanistan was surrendered to the Taliban so haphazardly last year.
Should American Christians feed, clothe, and shelter Afghan refugees even when we do not know whether we are aiding Christians or Muslims or even potential terrorists?
The curse of representative government is that when we are led by ineffectual men whose best defense for overseeing catastrophic failure is cognitive decline, then also we are represented.
In sum, ideas have consequences. Elections have consequences because ideas have consequences. And ideas are upstream of elections.
The reason our ruling class thought Afghanistan could become a moderate, Pro-Western democracy is the same reason they opposed the populist policies of President Trump.