Instead of using their energy in a search for excuses for this behavior, Republicans should turn their attention to holding Donald Trump responsible for his reckless promotion of totalitarianism.
Unlike the losers of the past, Trump said, he would win in Afghanistan. Talk is cheap. In fact, Trump has been losing ground in Afghanistan, trying to hide it by covering up information about the problem.
Trump is finally fulfilling his campaign promise to Vladimir Putin, Trump’s most powerful patron. In a reward for Putin’s support in 2016, there will be no sanctions against Russia.