Afghanistan looks like a rout


Republicans are embarrassing neoconservative Max Boot:[1]

The states that have the lowest vaccination rates — Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wyoming — are all Republican redoubts. It’s no coincidence that many red states are also seeing the worst outbreaks of the disease in recent weeks: The average number of daily cases in the past 14 days has surged 145 percent in South Carolina, 137 percent in Nebraska and 121 percent in Arkansas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates that 99.5 percent of U.S. covid-19 deaths in the past six months were among unvaccinated people.[2]

Alisa Odenheimer and Damian Shepherd, “Pfizer Shot Halts Severe Illness in Israel as Delta Spreads,” Bloomberg, July 5, 2021,

Max Boot, “Republicans are preventing America from reaching Biden’s vaccination goal,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021,


Jessa Crispin, “Welcome to dystopia: getting fired from your job as an Amazon worker by an app,” Guardian, July 5, 2021,

Higher Education

It is clear that the attacks on teaching U.S. history (so-called but not really critical race theory)[3] are part of a larger attack on so-called but also mythical ‘leftist indoctrination’ at colleges and universities[4] that supports discrimination against scholars who speak out.[5]

Sarah Brown, “Race on Campus: The Racial Climate at UNC,” Chronicle of Higher Education, July 6, 2021,

Lauren Lumpkin and Nick Anderson, “Nikole Hannah-Jones to join Howard faculty after UNC tenure controversy,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021,


Ehsanullah Amiri and Gordon Lubold, “After U.S.’s Bagram Exit, Afghans Face the Taliban Alone,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021,

Yaroslav Trofimov and Ehsanullah Amiri, “Taliban Find New Revenues as They Seize Afghanistan’s U.S.-Built Border Gateway,” Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2021,

Miriam Berger, “More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee into Tajikistan as Taliban extends control, Tajik officials say,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021,

Kathy Gannon, “After troops exit, safety of US Embassy in Kabul top concern,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021,

Kathy Gannon, “US left Afghan airfield at night, didn’t tell new commander,” Associated Press, July 6, 2021,

Lara Seligman, “U.S. completes 90 percent of Afghanistan withdrawal,” Politico, July 6, 2021,

Joe Biden

Rebecca Traister, “Biden’s Big Left Gamble,” New York, July 5, 2021,

Paul Waldman, “Trump didn’t have to deliver for his party’s base. Biden does,” Washington Post, July 6, 2021,

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