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I wrote this post in August, when Americans were being expelled from not one but two parts of Asia. The lesser of those two humiliating exits — of Yale, at the behest of Singapore’s ruling elite — illuminates in some ways the much-more horrific expulsion from Kabul. These two very different defeats suggest that Americans have been naive in undertaking missions to societies they don’t understand. I am not defending Singaporean state capitalism or Afghan tribalism or Islamicism. I’m challenging what has become corrupt in Americans' evangelical presumptions and military-economic incursions.

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Bravo, Mr. Sleeper!

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