Earlier this week, I woke up with an historical fact pounding at my brain. I knew I had read some bit of history that explained everything wrong with our country today; specifically something that explained the disgusting mess that is the fall of Afghanistan. It came to me in a flash: Eisenhower’s resignation as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe.
What’s that you say? Eisenhower didn’t resign. No, but he was prepared to do so. The night before the greatest invasion in human history began at Normandy Beach, Eisenhower penned a simple letter. You can see a copy of the letter in Eisenhower’s own handwriting.
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops,” he wrote. “My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”
Reading that note again, it became clear to me: That was why we won World War II. That is also why Afghanistan fell. We had men of Eisenhower’s exemplary character in 1944. We have excuse makers and finger pointers like Mark Milley, Antony Blinken and Joe Biden today.
You will notice what Eisenhower didn’t say. He didn’t blame the Free French forces or the French Resistance. He didn’t blame any of the generals who were in the field. He didn’t blame others for mistakes that were made, nor even the weather, which might have fouled up plans. Nope. If things had gone wrong, he was ready to say, “I did it. I was wrong. It is no one’s fault, but mine.” It would have precipitated his resignation. He believed if the invasion failed, he would have failed and a better man should have his job. No wonder we won that war.
Fast forward to September 11, 2012. A U.S. consulate was stormed, the ambassador murdered, his body desecrated. The U.S. secretary of state had been warned again and again about the threat in Libya, and had ignored the ambassador’s pleas. Did that secretary of state immediately admit failure and resign? No, of course not. She said “what difference does it make?” and then proceeded to run for, and was almost elected, president.
Yes, she is a woman overflowing with hubris—not good enough to shine Eisenhower’s boots. But 59 million Americans wanted her to be president. Similarly, for eight years the Obama-Biden Administration failed in Afghanistan. Despite that, Biden is now president, and gave us the final failure.
Disgrace after disgrace, failure after failure has been met with starryeyed approval by at least half this country. An Eisenhower couldn’t even be a corporal in an army that forces soldiers to engage in indoctrination exercises such as marching in high heels. A nation that demands woke from their military instead of honor, will get exactly what it deserves.
Character is destiny. Neither a person nor a nation can rise higher than its honor. Eisenhower was a giant. Today we are governed by the lowest humans possible. That is why we won in 1945. That’s why today we do nothing but lose.