The era when America could not make a mistake is over, and it was followed by an era when America can do nothing right.
The first period was the period after the world wars and lasted until the Vietnam War.
The second was the era that followed and continues today, despite the fact that during this period America caused the bankruptcy and dissolution of the Soviet Union (1991).
But America's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan multiplies the perceptions that it is unable to achieve its strategic goals.
Thus, while America's exit from Afghanistan after a 20-year war (at a huge cost in human lives and money) will help it to rebuild its forces and thus strengthen it financially and militarily, the public is very disappointed, bringing the result that the country's leadership will be limited in the actions it can take for many years – something similar to what happened after Vietnam and Cambodia. America is now hampered by the legacy of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In other words, the United States’ inability to defeat the Taliban and its exit fiasco will lead it into a period of isolation, similar to other times in its recent history.
And this raises an important question: what will happen when another ‘fire’ breaks out somewhere in the world? Who will pull it out?
And to be even clearer, let us assume that the crisis between Greece and Turkey reaches a dead end and the latter leaves Greece with no choice but to defend its sovereignty.
In such a case, to whom does the Greek Prime Minister call for support when he knows that Washington's hands are tied?
Won't this be known to Erdogan as well?
Strange as it may seem, Russia and China today will mourn America's chaotic exit from Afghanistan.
This is because while these countries’ propaganda machines exploited America’s problems, they enjoyed all the material and moral advantages of being covered under the military umbrella of the United States of America.
But now that this has been lost for the foreseeable future, and the world is entering a new uncertainty until a new balance is found.
This is why the question that arises today is: who will be the ‘fireman’ if America withdraws from the rest of the world and isolates itself – at least until it heals its wounds?