Maybe not the same, but it's too familiar. (See @pivotorg's statement, h/t Tea Buoy: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSm9ffGBHth/)
"This is not Saigon." The words kept playing in my head, spoken by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the long war in Afghanistan, amidst the Taliban's blazingly swift takeover of the country over the weekend.
[Loose sketchbook drawing of U.S. forces urgently evacuating refugees from Afghanistan, referencing an AP photo by Rahmat Gul with Secretary Blinken's recent statement "This is not Saigon." Panel two: a cartoon depiction of surrealist René Magritte's iconic 1929 painting of a realistic pipe, captioned "This is not a pipe."]
The British empire first sent soldiers to Afghanistan in 1839. Even Kipling acknowledged they would get nowhere.
They're still there. They talk about "pull outs" and "draw downs", and yet they're still there, nearly 200 years later.
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