Saigon 1975, Kabul 2021, Baghdad 2024?

by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Washington’s reputation as an effective imperial power experienced another humiliating setback in August with the implosion of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. The sight of helicopters urgently ferrying American diplomats from the embassy to the Hamid Karzai International Airport (named after an earlier U.S. Afghan puppet) was all too reminiscent of the chaos in Saigon when Washington’s client regime collapsed in April 1975. So, too, was the emotionally wrenching scene at that airport when desperate Afghans clung to the fuselage of a departing evacuation aircraft. The Biden administration could be heading for a similar foreign policy and public relations fiasco in Iraq.” (09/14/21)