The news from the end of America’s longest war was grim on Sunday. First, Reuters reported, the Taliban took the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad, a massive strategic victory for the insurgents that gave them control of one of the main supply routes into Pakistan. What’s more, they took it without a fight. “There are no clashes taking place right now in Jalalabad because the governor has surrendered to the Taliban,” an Afghan official based in Jalalabad told Reuters. “Allowing passage to the Taliban was the only way to save civilian lives.” Then there was bigger news. About 10 a.m. Eastern Time Sunday, the U.K. Independent reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled Kabul, leaving the Taliban the effective masters of the country. Yet it was only a little more than a month ago that President Joe Biden was predicting that the U.S. withdrawal from the country would proceed in a “secure and orderly way,” and even declared, ludicrously as it turns out, that a Taliban takeover of the country was “not inevitable.” The Afghan army outnumbered the Taliban, he said, and was “as well-equipped as any army in the world.” Well then.