The dangerous rise of a new stab-in-the-back myth

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Joe Cirincione

“When the Nazi Party consolidated power in Germany in 1933, they enshrined into their version of history the myth that the German Army had not lost in the Great War but had been ‘stabbed in the back’ by cowardly civilian politicians, Jews, communists and socialists. … President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger created a similar myth to claim that the United States could have won the wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos had they not been undermined by the antiwar movement, liberals and the press. … This betrayal myth is now part of a disturbing new narrative building in Washington as foreign policy elites struggle with the ignominious ending of the 20-year Global War on Terrorism that most of them supported.” (08/30/21)