"Nobody knows how the last days of the American Republic will play out. If we are lucky, it will be a peaceful breakup, like some of the more fortunate Balkan states. If we are not lucky, it will be a repeat of the Spanish Civil War that tore families apart. Based on the escalation of rhetoric over the last few years, I think we can safely say that there will be war."
Episode 17 of the Decline & Fall podcast, originally released August 7, 2019.
I have all 17 livestreams uploaded to the new channel, and the first 7 podcast episodes. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbL-6MytPZ8n8FXE6MmJ8NQ
I have posted a bonus podcast episode today. Episode 4, originally released in April of 2019, had awful audio quality, and I recorded without a script. I have gone back and rewritten the episode to be more concise and coherent, and with better quality.
The fall of Afghanistan and the failure of our long mission there raises several hard questions that all Americans must consider:
Why have we thrown away so many lives in the cause of nation-building abroad?
Why are our leaders so invested in foreign wars, even in the face of mass public opposition?
Why did the United States – the greatest country in the history of the world – fail to accomplish its missions in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or the many other places to which our troops have been deployed?
A new essay at Decline & Fall: