America has suffered three:
The first, by Japan on December 7, 1941, killed more than 2,300 of us. The ultimate retaliation, under Roosevelt and Truman, came in the form of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The second, by radicalized Saudis on September 11, 2001, killed nearly 4,000 of us. (Not counting the Washington Post journalist dismembered 18 years later.) Our retaliation, under the leadership of George W. Bush, came in the form of wars that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans (whose countries had not attacked us) and ultimately led to the defeat — to a meaningful extent — of the untold numbers of Al-Qaeda and ISIS jihadists those wars helped to radicalize.
Thirteen of every million Americans died on 9/11. More than 300 of every million Kurds have been killed helping us defeat ISIS. On some level, you could say that their willing sacrifice was 24 times as great as ours, the more so because it was willing . . . and that it was willing because they trusted us.
In abandoning the Kurds, Trump gave his journalist-murdering friends Putin and Erdogan a great victory.
They are not America’s friends, but he likes them (and has business interests).
Also big winners: Iran and ISIS.
The third, by Russia in the year leading up to November 8, 2016 — and ongoing — has ended our world leadership. America’s current-commander-in-chief has sided with our attacker.
A Spice Company Spent $92,000 on Pro-Impeachment Facebook Ads. I went and bought some exotic pepper.
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I do count my blessings, but then I end up counting those of others who have more and better blessings, and that pisses me off.~Bob Mankoff New Yorker cartoon caption
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