REPORT: US Ambassador to Afghanistan Has Taken Down Our Flag From the Embassy, Fled Country

AP Photo/Mohammad Asif Khan

This is an early report, so keep that in mind. Also, keep in mind that if in error, it will only be so by a matter of hours.

The next phase in this drama will be the Taliban raising their wretched rag above what cost American taxpayers $1 billion to build and represented American influence in Central Asia.

What happens next? Will it be the North Vietnamese version of victory, with the unlucky being sent to reeducation camps? Or will it be the Khmer Rouge version — with the losers and many winners slaughtered on an industrial scale?