My tweet isn't precisely true, of course, but it feels truthy all the same.
In my 70+ years watching American foreign policy, the one statement I keep hearing is "THIS time it will be different!"— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) August 15, 2021
What frustrated me about the coverage of the fall of Kabul and the end of the Afghanistan War was the media compulsion to try to make it echo the ignominious American exit from Saigon in 1975 -- they wanted another "helicopter on the roof" photo so badly they could taste it.
The fall of Saigon was a nightmare for the American army, the Vietnamese army, and the Vietnamese civilians. We have yet to see whether the fall of Kabul will also be a nightmare -- the videos of people on the airport tarmac are showing a shit show, but apparently the US military is now in charge at the control tower, and I still have hope that the Taliban will just let the airport operate to get people out.
🚨NEW, thread: Pentagon confirms to me the Department of Defense is preparing to house thousands of Afghan refugees on American military installations, immediately including Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Bliss in Texas.— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) August 16, 2021