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On Nov. 4, 1979, militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. It was hell for the captured Americans, and Jimmy Carter’s inability to extricate them helped doom him to a one-term presidency.

The way things are shaping up in Kabul, that national humiliation is being recreated on a far, far bigger scale — it is no hyperbole to say that it is starting to look like America’s worst hostage crisis.

At this stage, we are all just guessing about how many Americans remain at risk in Afghanistan. And that’s the problem. Even the U.S. government doesn’t know how many people have to be evacuated from Afghanistan or how, exactly, that can be done…

Read the full article by James Jay Carafano for the New York Post here.