What a mess.
It can be argued with some measure of accuracy that the United States has LOST ANOTHER WAR.
Allies of America are considering a world in which America can't be depended upon for military enforcement of policy or corporate interests with any certainty.
Fanatic patriots, blinded by past glory on the battlefield, deny any of the recent events in Afghanistan as having a connection with the Vietnam war which America also LOST.
One fellow told me, "we didn't lose the war. We gave it away.
This statement denies all of history, including Biblical accounts of battle, in which the army left standing on the field is considered the winner. Some armies are defeated in battle while others simply vacate the premises. French general Napoleon won many of his initial battles by out maneuvering his opponent. He won his battles without firing a shot and by forcing the opposing army to retreat before the French. Chinese general Sun Tzu, whose writings are required reading at West Point, did the same. Sometimes the Chinese leader won battles by simply bribing the opposing leadership.
Did America lose another war or did America just give it away? Either way our enemy stands alone on the field of battle. Any way one chooses to describe it our history books will record that America, as well as the Soviet Union before us, retreated in the face of the enemy. In America, nobody loses anything any more. Thus has our society become so corrupt that we lie to ourselves about the condition of our global empire. It's in retreat and disarray and the situation will only grow worse.
No matter what label one puts on the event, our enemies will see this as weakness and act accordingly.
Several years ago the Arab news source al Jazeera published a story in which it was said, "unless the United States appeals to Jesus Christ it cannot win the war
(in Afghanistan)." This is a rather strange remark coming from a Muslim news source. Ultimately it proved to be a prophetic fulfillment and a political reality. America has turned its back upon Jesus and will NOT succeed in its global adventures until we come to terms with the Master of the Universe.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...