Why is the rest of NATO blaming the US for the situation in Afghanistan?

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Example headline: 'Greatest debacle that NATO has seen': Biden stuns allies with Afghanistan mistakes expected of Trump

"You know, it is not the European Union who decided to leave Afghanistan," Borrell replied. "It has been a decision of [former] President [of the United States, Donald] Trump, who negotiated this with the Taliban. And this decision has been implemented later by the following American administration ... And this could have been managed in a better way, for sure."

Considering that the European Union (not to mention Australia/New Zealand) are clearly capable of projecting power to Afghanistan - that's how they are evacuating their citizens after all - why are they blaming the US/Biden/Trump? It feels like if they think it's a bad idea to leave Afghanistan on the timetable set by Biden/Trump, then they could have replaced the US deployment with their own; since they didn't, they are equally at fault for the result. Accordingly, they should blame themselves (as well as the US).

I am looking for an explanation as to why the rest of NATO are apparently unable to intervene if the US does not participate. If such an explanation does not exist, then I am looking for an explanation as to why the rest of NATO are blaming the US.

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