Suddenly on Sunday a gripping report came across the cable:
The US Embassy urged all Americans to “leave Afghanistan as soon as possible”. Message: Get out while you can.
Adding to the urgency, the news that three provincial capitals in the north, including the city of Kunduz, had fallen to the Taliban, making five provincial capitals invaded since Friday.
The enormous investment in blood and treasure by the United States over two decades to remake Afghanistan seems poised to be wiped out, whole and whole, and we seem poised to suffer our worst diplomatic and political defeat since. the fall of Saigon.
Not once in this century has the United States decisively won one of the wars it has launched – in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or Libya. And the only superpower status we enjoyed at the start of the 21st century has gone with the wind.
Yet the American hawks urge us to give Taiwan a new guarantee of war, if Beijing exercises its claim, although former President Richard Nixon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger claimed in 1972 that Taiwan was “part of the country. from China “.
Before issuing any guarantee of war in Taipei, we might consider the Pentagon’s assessment of the results of a recent war game in which the United States clashed with China over Taiwan.
How was it? According to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Hyten, “Without exaggerating the problem, it failed miserably.
“An aggressive Red team that had studied the United States for the past 20 years circled around us.… They knew exactly what we were going to do before we did it and they took advantage of it.”
Are we Americans prepared in any way for air, sea and missile warfare in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific over islands they claim to be their historic national territory but that we never claimed as our own?
Here at home, the COVID-19 pandemic, now in a fourth wave, infects 100,000 Americans every day, with hospital admissions increasing as a result. For that third of a nation as yet unvaccinated, the delta variant is a potential death sentence.
Despite this medical crisis that is common to all of us, our political divide manifests itself in fierce battles over vaccinations, masks and warrants.
And while COVID-19 continues to infect, hospitalize and kill, tens of thousands of Americans are lost each year to drug and opioid overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 93,000 overdose deaths occurred nationwide in 2020, and 3 in 4 fatal overdoses can be attributed to opioids.
More Americans die each year from overdoses and opioids than all Americans who died in the Vietnam War.
The US trade deficit figures have just been released for June, where the goods deficit alone rose to $ 91 billion for the month. This translates to $ 1 trillion per year.
The largest component of this trade deficit concerns China – an extraordinary level of dependence of the United States on a foreign nation for the basic necessities of its national life, let alone an adversary like China.
On our southern border, an invasion of our country is underway.
Every month that President Joe Biden is in office, illegal border crossings increase. In June, the border patrol recorded 178,000 border arrests, a jump of 571% from June 2020. Border arrests have already reached their highest level since 2000 and are expected to reach 1.8 million this year.
Biden is failing in his first constitutional duty – to defend the United States against a foreign invasion. We Americans no longer decide who comes into our national home and whom we adopt as new citizens. Others decide, others determine our future, for us.
We defend the borders of dozens of nations; we can’t, or Biden won’t, defend ours. And, as former President Ronald Reagan reminded us, a country that cannot or does not want to defend its borders is no longer really a country.
In our big cities, shootings and public murders have started to overtake those of previous years. Police, attacked and mistreated by elites and the people they protect, are resigning and retiring in record numbers.
America is incapable of winning the wars it chooses to wage. It cannot or does not want to control and defend its borders against a massive invasion of migrants. It cannot stop an outbreak of crime and murder in its major cities. It has not recorded a trade surplus for four decades. Its dependence on foreign producers is unprecedented. And its budget deficits continue to break records every year, as does its skyrocketing national debt.
Isn’t that the description of a bad or failing state?
Asked by a downcast young friend if the defeat of Saratoga and the potential loss of the American colonies meant the ruin of Britain, Adam Smith assured him: “There is a lot of ruin in a nation.
Britain would continue from the loss of its 13 colonies to create the largest empire since Rome.
Yet if there is “a lot of ruin in a nation,” we Americans certainly seem to be testing those limits.
– Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever”. To learn more about Patrick Buchanan and read articles from other Creators writers and designers, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.