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Have we forgotten – at the 20th anniversary of 9/11?

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In a 2016 article in The Atlantic, “Why Mistakes Are Often Repeated,” the central point was that, “Several recent studies show how the brain fails to learn from past experience, dooming us to relive our errors.”

I am reminded here again of the words of the Spanish philosopher George Santayana, who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” British statesman Winston Churchill took it one step further by stating, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

There is no greater and glaring proof of that truth than the White House’s colossal error in the recent U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, during which 13 courageous U.S. service members were killed in a terrorist attack. Mr. Biden’s miscalculations and naivety of the Taliban and ISIS-K brought us back to a pre-9/11 mentality that abandoned our commitment to “never forget.” And we paid for it, dearly, with the greatest loss of American lives there in over a decade.

We probably should have seen this coming. After all, Mr. Biden’s foreign policy record was a train wreck as a lifetime senator:

  • He voted against the first Iraq war in 1991
  • He voted for Cuban Liberty and Libertad Act of 1996
  • He voted for the Homeland Security Act of 2002
  • He voted for NAFTA
  • He voted no on CAFTA-DR
  • He voted for the post-9/11 Iraq war

Twenty years ago,

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