8 월, Ratcliff는 아프가니스탄 철수의 여파를 다음과 같이 언급했습니다. “8월의 크리스마스” 미국의 적들을 위해. 거의 1년 후, 그의 생각은 변하지 않았다.
“It did not take Nostradamus to think that our adversaries would watch not just a withdrawal but a surrender and a defeat in Afghanistan that was shocking to all. Our adversaries watching that really saw that this was a different administration,” Ratcliffe said.