Why hasn't Biden gotten a “rally round the flag” effect after Afghanistan?

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One thing that surprised me about Biden's approval is the lack of a rally round the flag effect so far. It hovered around 50% on poll averaging sites which is where it was before. (In case you don't know what the “rally around the flag” effect is, the president's approval usually goes up after a crisis.)

Why has Biden's approval been dropping lately? This runs contrary to what happens to presidential approval when a war time event or social unrest happens, which tends to increase the president's approval. Trump, who arguably handled COVID poorly received a rally round the flag effect, albeit a minimal one. This seems to be the opposite of what happened under Trump, where a plurality approves, but the approval is significantly lower than earlier.

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