The Cost of Disgrace is not Cheap

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Jewish News Syndicate: For those old enough to remember the images of the last days of South Vietnam, recent events in Afghanistan are shockingly familiar. In each case, a flawed American ally facing a determined foe quickly collapsed once both sides to the conflict realized that the United States wouldn’t lift a finger to help its friends.

““Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, And I will make your hooves bronze” Micah 4:13

Afghanistan was America’s longest war, and sadly, it must go down in history, like Vietnam, as one in which a superpower was defeated by a much weaker enemy. In both instances, there are good reasons to argue that defeat might have been inevitable despite the skill and bravery of the U.S. forces, and that of our allies, who fought there

And in both cases, it’s entirely likely that most Americans will—while blushing at the sight of despicable enemies gloating over their triumph, as well as the bloody consequences for those locals who fought with or helped us there—not care all that much. Our lives will go on undisturbed, even if troubling memories about.

Taliban rule will pop up on the 9/11 anniversary or when the oppression of women or other Islamist atrocities that will commence in Afghanistan are publicized.

That won’t be the case for other American allies, including those like Israelis who, thankfully, don’t depend on the presence of U.S. troops to defend them against enemies.  Read More

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