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Why the loss of Afghanistan ultimately ends the Empire

Former Fed Chairman Arthur Burns said that, “A subtle understanding of economic change comes from a knowledge of history and large affairs, not from statistics or their processing alone.” So far as large affairs go, the recent events in Afghanistan could hardly be any larger.

On Sunday, 15 August Taliban fighters entered Kabul unopposed and Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Two days later the acting Afghan central bank chief, Ajmal Ahmady did the same. The events took almost everyone by surprise and the foreign policy establishments in the U.S. and UK were extremely vexed about it all. The loss of Afghanistan was not just a small setback: the Empire’s ability to hang onto Afghanistan was the centerpiece of its Eurasia policy and the events we just witnessed will have very far-reaching repercussions. How important was Afghanistan? It was pivotal.

Historian Ramsay MacMullen suggested that in order for us to interpret history correctly, we must understand the motivations of groups and individuals who created history. Today’s empire builders are motivated by the overarching imperative to maintain hegemony over the Eurasian landmass. Sir Halford Mackinder explicitly formulated this ambition in 1904 in his Heartland Theory. He referred to the Eurasian continent as the World-island. In “Democratic Ideals and Reality,” he wrote:

“Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who rules the Heartland commands the World-island; who rules the World-island controls the world.“

In the aftermath of World War I, the Empire moved like a parasite to infiltrate the United States and co-opt its economic and military might to make it its own battering ram to subjugate other nations. In the process, it has made its own policy objectives American policies. Empire’s court intellectual, Zbigniew Brzezinski articulated these objectives as America’s own aspiration: