Analysis: The scenes of mayhem in Kabul have erupted in the public consciousness, and may damage the president’s reputation

It had just started raining at the White House on Monday when a group of reporters, the Guardian included, were summoned and led past a Secret Service agent, along a red carpet in a windowless corridor, up a staircase and into the elegantly appointed East Room.

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