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From Saigon to Kabul: Biden’s response to Vietnam echoes in his views of Afghanistan's withdrawal.


Authorized U.S. military and civilian personnel rush to board a Marine helicopter during the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, April 29, 1975. (Neal Ulevich/AP)


Two weeks before Saigon fell in April 1975, a 32-year-old Joe Biden was among the senators summoned to the White House for a top-secre