The 9/8/21 dispatch.

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.

In the world of foreign policy, the topic of Afghanistan retreated off the front pages, returning to where it’s been for most of the past twenty years. (Much to my — and many other’s — frustration.)

Following the evacuation of more than 124,000 people from Kabul, the Department of Defense is now housing more than 26,000 in the United States. You can read about that work below.

In the wake of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough posted a message for those doubting our resolve.

Just a reminder to those nattering nabobs of negativism who have been predicting America’s collapse for 50 years, let me say again what I’ve said for decades: If you bet against the United States of American, you lose. Every. Single. Time.

He added:

I’ve got to say (as one of America’s biggest fans) that I agree with him.


Moving to other topics, Russia conducted a massive exercise recently in Crimea, which is the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine. (See below.)

The exercise comes at a time when the United States has been showing much more support for Ukraine, including a visit by Ukraine’s president to the United States.

As the AP reported:

The United States is promising up to $60 million in military aid to Ukraine in advance of a White House meeting on Wednesday between President Joe Biden and his counterpart in Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The U.S. says it has committed more than $2.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine since its conflict with Russia began in 2014.


And finally, in under-reported news, the Dept of Defense has wrapped up its recent aid mission to Haiti, which was struck by a massive earthquake. In total, the Dept of Defense provided:


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