Is America Becoming a Failed State?

12 08 2021

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written a sobering article that asks this ominous question, as follows:

Suddenly, Sunday, a riveting report came over cable news:

The U.S. embassy was urging all Americans to “leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.” Message: Get out while you can.

Adding urgency was news that three northern provincial capitals, including Kunduz city, had fallen to the Taliban, making it five provincial capitals overrun since Friday.

The huge investment in blood and treasure by the United States over two decades to remake Afghanistan appears about to be wiped out, whole and entire, and we appear about to sustain our worst diplomatic and political defeat since the fall of Saigon.

Not once in this century has the U.S. decisively won one of the wars it launched — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or Libya. And the sole superpower status we enjoyed as the 21st century began is gone with the wind.

Yet America’s hawks are urging us to give a new war guarantee to Taiwan, should Beijing exercise its claim, though former President Richard Nixon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger assented in 1972 that Taiwan is “a part of China.”

Before we issue any war guarantee to Taipei, we might consider the Pentagon’s evaluation of the results of a recent war game in which the U.S. confronted China over Taiwan.

How did it go? Says vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten, “Without overstating the issue, it failed miserably.

“An aggressive red team that had been studying the United States for the last 20 years just ran rings around us. … They knew exactly what we were going to do before we did it, and they took advantage of it.”

Are we Americans prepared, in any way, for an air-sea-and-missile war in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific over islands they claim as their historic national territory but we have never claimed as ours?

Here at home, the COVID-19 pandemic, now in a fourth wave, is infecting 100,000 Americans every day, with hospitalizations rising commensurately. For that third of a nation still unvaccinated, the delta variant is a potential death sentence.

Despite this medical crisis that is common to us all, our political divide is manifesting itself in savage battles over vaccinations, masks and mandates.

And while COVID-19 continues to infect, hospitalize and kill, scores of thousands of Americans are being annually lost to drug overdoses and opioids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 93,000 overdose deaths occurred across the country in 2020, and 3 in 4 fatal overdoses can be attributed to opioids.

More Americans are dying yearly from overdoses and opioids than all the Americans dead during the war in Vietnam.

The U.S. trade deficit numbers just came in for June, where the deficit in goods alone increased to $91 billion for the month. This translates into $1 trillion a year.

The largest component of that trade deficit is with China — an extraordinary level of U.S. dependency on a foreign nation for the vital necessities of its national life, let alone on an adversary like China.

On our southern border, an invasion of our country is taking place.

Every month President Joe Biden has been in office, illegal border crossings have increased. In June, Border Patrol recorded 178,000 border arrests — a 571% jump from June 2020. Border arrests have already reached their highest since 2000 and are on track to reach 1.8 million this year.

Biden is failing in his first constitutional duty — to defend the United States from foreign invasion. We Americans no longer decide who comes into our national home and whom we shall adopt as new citizens. Others decide, others determine our future, for us.

We defend the borders of scores of nations; we cannot, or Biden will not, defend our own. And, as former President Ronald Reagan reminded us, a country that can’t or won’t defend its borders isn’t really a country anymore.

In our great cities, public shootings and killings have begun to exceed those of previous years. Police, under attack and abuse from the elites and people they protect, are resigning and retiring in record numbers.


America is unable to win the wars she chooses to fight. She cannot or will not control and defend her borders from a mass migrant invasion. She cannot halt an outbreak of criminality and killing in her great cities. She has not run a trade surplus in four decades. Her dependency upon foreign producers is unprecedented. And her budget deficits continue to break records every year — as does her soaring national debt.

Is that not the description of a failed or failing state?

Asked by a despondent young friend if the defeat at Saratoga and potential loss of the American colonies meant the ruin of Britain, Adam Smith assured him, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.”

Britain would go on from the loss of her 13 colonies to create the greatest empire since Rome.

Yet if there is “a great deal of ruin in a nation,” we Americans certainly appear to be testing those limits.[2]

Add in the fact that Joe Biden is considered to be “brain dead,” or advancing toward that sad result[3]—which the world is watching with horror or glee, depending on whether one is a friend or foe—and Willie Brown’s former ho Kamala Harris stands in the wings ready to become our President, the United States may be poised at the edge of a precipice.  Needless to say, this was predictable even before Biden and Harris assumed their offices.[4]



© 2021, Timothy D. Naegele



[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass).  See, e.g., Timothy D. Naegele Resume-21-8-6  He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University.  He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g.,, and studied photography with Ansel Adams; and he can be contacted directly at   

[2] See

[3] See, e.g., (“President Biden has yet ANOTHER ‘senior moment’ by confusing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm a day after he ignored Secret Service agent directing him into the White House”)

[4] See, e.g., (“The Day America Died?”)




7 responses

12 08 2021
H. Craig Bradley


America is being transformed behind the scenes by government mandate or edict, not by legislation or law. We have the CDC determining if the eviction moratorium will be extended. What Constitutional authority is there for a third party to override the terms of a one-year rental agreement (contract)?

What constitutional authority is there to require or mandate masks and/or Covid Vaccines?- To restrict your ability to travel by plane or train if you do not get vaccinated? Increasingly, American citizens must go along or forefit some of their freedoms or liberties because they want to make their own choice.

Senator Rand Paul, M.D. just got his “first Strike Warning” from YouTube for posting a video where he stated that masks are of limited value in preventing the transmission of a virus, such as Covid. He is offline for a week for punishment. If he receives three strikes or warnings, then he is off YouTube for 90 days. Speech is now subject to censorship. Only the official version of the truth is acceptable on these public forums. So, If you have a different opinion than everybody, then keep it to yourself.

President Obama talked about a “fundamental transformation” for America. He envisions an America where you are told what to do and how to do it. An America where social mobility will be drastically limited for all but the most politically connected individuals or families. Obama is directing the Biden Administration to further implement his agenda which was stopped momentarily by President Trump. We can not go back anymore. Its a real paradigm change or a new epoch.

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12 08 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your thoughtful comments as always.

As we have discussed before, the pendulum swings; and my sense is that at some point in time, it will swing back toward “sanity” again, when Americans have had enough.

Yes too, I have believed for many years that Barack Obama is an un-American racist and anti-Semite; and I have been emphatic—if not outspoken—in my views.

Indeed, the first article that began this blog in late 2009 was about him.

See (“Is Barack Obama A Racist?”)


12 08 2021

You have succinctly drawn together facts that may seem unrelated to some but in fact are necessary to consider together in order to see the big picture. I recall a conversation during the Vietnam War with my mother who observed that during WW II everyone knew we were at war. There were shortages, curfew laws, scarcity. Everyone did their part from donating to the war effort to growing victory gardens. But, as she said, unless one was watching the evening news no one would ever know we were at “war” in Vietnam. An undeclared war against an enemy who often wore no uniform. Our young men/women were being sent to a country they couldn’t even find on a map to possibly sacrifice their lives but not for our freedom or interests while everything at home went on as usual. Our foray into the Middle East has been similar in many ways. How does one ever know a war is won if it’s never declared that it even began? When the enemy is so elusive. And all the while social norms are disintegrating at home; leaving many without hope. They say great civilizations rise and fall like a bell shaped curve, many enduring about 250 years. I hope and pray that’s not the case for America because with all her faults she is still the world best hope. Anyone who has stood in the National Archives and looked upon those documents that guarantee our liberty will know what I mean. The ideas written thereon were inspired and still to this day stand alone in the world as the best man has yet to produce.


12 08 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Susan, as always. You write clearly and eloquently, which is why it was such a pleasure to share your earlier article here.

See (“The Importance Of Maintaining Civility”)

I have a somewhat different perspective than your mother, because I received an Army commission through ROTC when I was in college. As I was graduating, the war in Vietnam was raging, thanks to John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and their Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara.

Thinking that the war would be over relatively soon, I decided to go to graduate school; and the Army would defer me for law school, but not for my preferred choice of business school.

When I was graduating from law school at Berkeley, the war was raging even more; and I went to Columbus, Georgia and Fort Benning, the “home of the Infantry.”

One of my Benning classmates was shot out of the sky aboard a helicopter in Vietnam; and two of my high school classmates died during the war.

I was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where there were few young officers like me. So yes, that war changed my life.

The Middle East is not our fight, as our tragic wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have underscored. In Iraq alone, 5,000 Americans died and many more were maimed, and trillions of dollars were wasted, for NOTHING.

Compare (“Who Lost America’s Longest War?”) with (“Pompeo: Biden failing to execute Afghan withdrawal, Trump warned Taliban of consequences”) and (“‘Weakness begets war’: Mike Pompeo says Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan puts US at greater risk of terror attacks and said Donald Trump warned Taliban he’d come at them ‘hard and fast’ if they went on the offensive”)

And yes, I believe fervently in our great nation, and despise those who seek to destroy it, much less in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic when so many are dying or being hurt physically, psychologically and economically.

See also (“Border crossings hit a new 21-year record and reach ONE MILLION in 2021 as Biden’s crisis deteriorates even further with 212,672 migrants encountered in July – a 13% rise from June”)

Lastly, hold on tight: here comes Lambda.

See, e.g., (“Study: Deadly lambda variant could be vaccine-resistant”)

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9 10 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See (“Mexican cartel fires a MACHINE GUN across the border into the US with bullets zipping above a National Guard observation post as migrants flood in”)

Neither Brain Dead Joe nor Willie Brown’s ho Kamala will go near our southern border.


16 10 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See (“Cars Get Stuck at U.S. Garages for Weeks in Spare-Parts Shortage”)

All facets of the American auto and transportation industries are being affected; and it is not beyond the pale of reason to see our enemy China lurking in the background, as it seeks global domination by the end of this decade.


18 10 2021
Timothy D. Naegele

See (“Rioters tore through Portland causing more than $500,000 worth of damage – but cops did NOTHING because woke new law stops them using pepper spray or tear gas: Angry residents ask ‘Does that mean we are now like a lawless city?'”)

No American should ever forget that the thugs, slugs, hoods and mongrels of “Black Lives Matter,” Antifa and other far-Left groups have burned our cities; killed or hurt innocent Americans including our police; and destroyed black and other businesses.

See also (“Magnificent Mile no more: Chicago is blighted by shoplifting as ANOTHER American city goes down the toilet because its left-wing AG stops prosecuting shoplifters who steal less than $1000 of goods”)


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