Abandoning an Ally on the Battlefield: America the Treacherous?

“If I lose my honor,” said Shakespeare, “I lose myself.”

What Shakespeare said of the individual human being applies also to the nation, a collectivity of human beings. When a nation loses its honor — its moral integrity — or, worse, as with Trumpian America, when it loses it not through defeat to an overpowering opponent but by its own heedlessness — when a nation in effect gives away its honor, prizing it so little — the loss feels just as grievous, perhaps even more so.