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One Year Later: Biden’s Botched Withdrawal From The ‘The Graveyard Of Empires’

“[It was] a war begun for no wise purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it. Not one benefit, political or military, has been acquired with this war. Our eventual evacuation of the country resembled the retreat of an army defeated.” – British army chaplain contemplating the British retreat from Afghanistan, 1843

Those same haunting words could very well have been written by a Russian tank commander as his column pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989. And, sadly, they could have been written by one of our own Marines in August of 2021, contemplating the unnecessary loss of 13 more comrades at the 59th minute of the 11th hour of our nation’s longest war.

As the old cliché goes, history may not always repeat itself, but it does rhyme. And if the fiasco of President Biden’s shameful Afghanistan withdrawal one year ago this week didn’t exactly resemble the experiences of Queen Victoria or Leonid Brezhnev, it certainly may have found a similarity with Gerald Ford watching helplessly as the last U.S. helicopter lifted off the rooftop of the Saigon embassy in 1975.

One must draw upon these  historical analogies when reflecting upon this nation’s humiliating final chapter to one of our most costly misadventures. The operation in Afghanistan squandered so many lives and so much capital…

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