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Political Rewind: Swift Taliban Takeover Prompts American Blame Game; Rising COVID Cases In Georgia
Monday on Political Rewind: Georgians awoke this morning to news of the swift collapse of the government of Afghanistan. After 20 years, trillions of dollars spent and hundreds of thousands of dead, the country is now in control of Taliban forces.
The dismay is compounded by the chaos surrounding efforts to evacuate thousands of Afghans who served American forces during the occupation. The end of the war now presents a humanitarian crisis. It has also become a raging partisan political matter, sure to play a role in the 2022 election cycle.
Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Kemp faces a continuing rise in pandemic numbers across the state. In the past two weeks, Georgia has seen a staggering number of new cases. The pandemic will undoubtedly feature as a key issue in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
Nationally, the situation is no better. Public health officials are saying it is likely the country will see 200,000 cases reported every single day.
Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of political science and director, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, at Emory University
Buddy Darden — Former Democratic U.S. representative
Eric Tanenblatt — Republican insider
Jim Galloway — Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution