American embassies had been attacked and overrun in the past; but the attack on the Kabul embassy in 2021 is the one that history records as its most embarrassing. That day, the day that Iranian-led troops destroyed the American embassy in Afghanistan was the first time that discarded and abandoned American weapons, airplanes, and ordinance played a significant part in the destruction. Thousands were killed.
Not just the spies and diplomats assigned to the embassy. Not just the faithful translators and suckers who trusted the USA as an ally. No. Thousands of refugees that had fled to Kabul from other cities and other provinces in the hope that the puppet government of the USA would protect them from the Taliban died along with them.
It was an overwhelming defeat for the USA and it marked the end of its hegemony in the world and its efforts to transform alien cultures into American-style democracies. History books written in 2023 compared it to Custer’s battle at the Little Big Horn River and always referred to it as the second Battle of the Greasy Grass. They compared it to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. American students were always taught that it was a great victory for mankind and proof that colonialism and white nationalism was as evil as poison and global warming.
Harry White meditated on that fact as he considered going undercover for a rebel group that hoped to wrest control of the United States from the fractured and racist government that had stolen the 2020 election and destroyed the nation.
Colonel Markham had assured him that he would be accepted into the city’s police department as an informant for the government. The idea was that he would be a double agent, pretending to represent the State, possibly offering up for jail and torture a few minor players, wild cards who supported the revolution but had no real value. In turn, he was to ingratiate himself with the Establishment and find its military and law enforcement weaknesses.
Since losing half of his leg in Iraq, Harry had wondered what possible purpose his future life would hold for him. After years of questioning, prayer, and meditation, after trying to find an interest in hobbies or pursuits to fill the long hours, he’d decided that there was nothing for him to look forward to. Just his monthly disability check and alcohol.
He wasn’t satisfied.
Markham had convinced Harry that he, Markham, had successfully fooled the Harris/Austin/Milley triumvirate into believing that he was a faithful tool and, unlike dozens of his friends in the officer corps, he had not been removed from his position for holding traditional American thoughts and beliefs. Markham had formed an alliance of rogue officers that dreamed of overthrowing the totalitarian government that silently and inexorably increased its power day after day, week after week, and year after year.
It was 2024, the first time in over two centuries that no presidential election was held. The Collective, as America’s oligarchy called itself, had decided that elections would no longer be held and that democracy was as viable in the New Society as capitalism.
Harry had a lot to think about.