In the iconic movie Apocalypse Now, the protagonist, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (played by Martin Sheen), wakes up in a hotel nursing a massive hangover. “Saigon,” he grumbles. “Shit. Still in Saigon.” Forgive Americans for waking up today with a massive twenty-year hangover and muttering similar sentiments. Kabul has fallen, and the Taliban now rule Afghanistan.
The shipyards of the Indo-Pacific region have been busy of late. Built at the Cochin shipyard in Kochi, India, the carrier INS Vikrant has embarked on sea trials. After its work up to fully operational status, the Vikrant will join the INS Vikramaditya, commissioned in 2013.
America’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the onset of the Delta variant raise questions as to the success of the war on terror and the war on COVID-19. Hoover Institution senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss what all has gone wrong of late on those respective battlefields, plus a few thoughts on the rise and fall of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.