The Damage Won’t Be Contained to Afghanistan

U.S. Army 82nd Airborne troops patrol Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 17, 2021. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Taylor Crul/Handout via Reuters)
The coming cost of a ruined reputation

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t’s obvious — if not necessarily to the Biden administration — that the success of a nation’s foreign policy depends, in part, on its ability to shape the way in which it is seen abroad. The U.S. was able to ensure the survival of West Berlin — a highly vulnerable exclave — throughout the Cold War in no small part because the Kremlin could never be certain how fiercely America would react if the Soviets attempted to take over the western half of that divided city by force. The Berlin Airlift was an early and remarkable display of support, but

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