The collapse of a regime is reliably preceded by the undisguised abandonment of its external allies. This is particularly visible among its former media supporters.
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As this will cost American lives and still more American treasure, your Curmudgeon is steadfastly resisting the temptation to lick his chops. While cheaters and the malicious don’t always get what they deserve in this life, it happens more often than not.
Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience He stands waiting, With exactness grinds He all.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow