RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Talk to the Taliban? Don't waste your breath... whichever way you cut it, this was a humiliating defeat for the NATO alliance. Militarily, the game is up | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Talk to the Taliban? Don't waste your breath... whichever way you cut it, this was a humiliating defeat for the NATO alliance. Militarily, the game is up

The last American troops are on their way home, confirming that the war in Afghanistan is all over bar the shouting.

Whichever way you cut it, this was a humiliating defeat for the U.S.-led NATO alliance, Britain included.

Militarily, the game's up.

Yet the shouting goes on, as Western politicians try to salvage some face from the rubble.

Last night, an emergency session of the G7 was taking place, wondering how the West can still put pressure on the Taliban.

Incredibly, Boris Johnson has dangled the possibility of establishing formal diplomatic relations with the new regime in Kabul.

There's even talk of unfreezing billions of dollars in seized Afghan assets and increasing foreign aid in exchange for the Taliban guaranteeing safe passage to all those who want to leave.

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