Ben Sasse and Rich Goldberg Discuss 9/11, Afghanistan, and Civic Amnesia

The senator joins our foreign-policy columnist to talk about America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and how the nation’s short memory imperils its security.

An Afghan militia fighter in Balkh Province on July 11, 2021. FARSHAD USYAN/AFP via Getty Images.

An Afghan militia fighter in Balkh Province on July 11, 2021. FARSHAD USYAN/AFP via Getty Images.

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Sept. 30 2021
About the authors

Ben Sasse is a United States senator for Nebraska.

Richard Goldberg is a Mosaic columnist and senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, as the chief of staff for Illinois’s governor, and as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer.

Jonathan Silver is the editor of Mosaic.

Last week, in response to Rich Goldberg’s September Mosaic essay on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we convened a discussion on the subject with him, the U.S. senator from Nebraska Ben Sasse, and our editor Jonathan Silver. Watch their discussion, or read a lightly edited version of it, below.

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