…. Wew, hold on… got to catch my breath…
As we write, news reports are talking about Afghanistan pres. fleeing Kabul. This comes on the heels of announcement few hours ago about additional American troops having to be sent to protect the last lucky ones as they flee the country.
We continue to support duly-elected, legitimate President Joe – just a good man – Biden, but let’s be clear: this retreat was botched!
It should have been clear that when that orange mess at the White House last year “made his deal” with the Taliban, it was an open door to the Taliban to plan for nationwide action. It seems even the Pentagon people have forgotten the debacle, the pictures, of those last days in Vietnam. Or.. political decisions were made without military evaluations (IF they existed).
Why not send in 100,000 troops; aircraft; burn those papers; process the helpers w/ visas and immediately start evacuating? A month, a sign of strength, certainly not a sinking hole in the American military budget. Does’nt have to end with ten A-10s necklace style circling Kabul perimeter and sending a shitload of these shitheads to their fantasy heaven as a last picture, but it could have been handled smarter. Maybe just blow up all those Humvees left behind & now quickly transporting Taliban to Kabul.
Instead we have pictorially, broadcast worldwide, the EXACT same scenarios as those historic pictures from Vietnam.
Nevertheless, with all that said,
— WE SUPPORT THE END OF THIS ENGAGEMENT! —
Our hearts go out to the Afghan forces!!! So many of these people went to the military because it’s a job in a country that does not have a lot of … jobs! No problem – US military branches recruit successfully because so many military duties are high tech requiring advanced training that costs so much in the private sector. In other countries its just nice to earn a real wage.
So then comes the training and then arming. No problem, most people can learn given the right training. So, what happened? Why should some Afghan forces run, hide, try to escape? In essence: NOT fight! Here, the parallel to Vietnam just screams out at you! The Afghan forces were trained, armed, but – JUST AS IN VIETNAM – they are completely unmotivated! Not DE-motivated, there never was any motivation. Didn’t these Pentagon biggies never see that in… these last two multi- year wars? Just as in Vietnam, simple, ordinary people are asked to sacrifice their lives for a completely corrupt, ineffective government! Why is it so easy to overlook the brother of a country’s president being a major international drug dealer?! No, look! See the soldiers training, don’t they march chic… and they shoot so well, see how they fight (as long as they are next to US personnel that guarantees the aircraft in the sky above will protect them all ! = ] No, asking these people for the ultimate sacrifice for a government that has nothing to do with public welfare was always too much.
Its trite, but we have to say it: “You cannot make this stuff up!”
At this very moment a US Sec. of State is painting a completely BS rosy picture of this debacle, followed by a Republican blaming everything on President “the legitimate one” Biden, completely ignoring how their Republican orange despot go
bd personally invited the Taliban to Camp David, so he could give them anything they wanted as long as they didn’t embarrass him. All the while the TV pics from Vietnam are rolling….
Why can’t this Sec. State talking head recognize where it goes from here. The $illions supporting the Taliban, coming from Saudi Arabia, also come with strings attached. Just as those in charge being so surprised by the rapidity of current events will also be surprised by how quickly AlQuida et. al. are parading again in Afghanistan.
The Chinese commies (hence Cc) see what’s coming and their quick well-wishes to the Taliban is in recognition that the evil vile oozing from Afghanistan will flow westward (symbolically speaking). That’s the same Cc that are imprisoning millions of Moslem Uighurs for no more than being who they are at this very moment.
We wrap up with a delicate subject. We don’t think Islam lends itself to peaceful cooperation. Yes, there are those millions of Muslims who talk about how peaceful Islam is, how peaceful they are. In so many past cases, these claims have only shown them to be the Chamberlains of Islam. They will be the first to want to – peacefully, of course – save their business, job, property, necks by joining the support of a new regime, any new regime. Has everyone forgotten all the youth from every – every – western country who joined AlQuida when it was hot news? Whole swaths of Africa are lawless, with Islamic bands roaming, raping, robbing, killing & crippling civilians. Most “wealthy” Middle East countries are held together with authoritarian, often corrupt regimes. When one of them wants to be modern, progressive like Qatar, they are attacked by their “brothers”. No, international solutions are not going to come from oil-dependent, frail, or authoritarian countries. God helps those that help themselves.
Forget this latest Absurdistan! You have offered enough money and sacrificed enough American lives & limbs to introduce peace and democracy to millions of Afghanies. You have done more than enough! Yes, they will have it tough, but resistance has to come internally. The democratic fire lit by American & international players might only smolder for a while, but the Taliban is a self-destruct phenomena. When they show their true color – the black of blood – they’ll seed their own internal resistance. Religious fanatics need constant stream of converts to reinforce the rightness of their righteousness. When they start mass killings of those they can’t convert; when they show they have nothing to offer in urban management, when they relinguish power to their most violent & extreme elements – imported or domestic – the problems will start.
Concentrate on making America strong. Do some infrastructure mending to facilitate travel, business & trade. Stop passing laws to keep black citizens from voting. The emergencies of climate change & Covid need your full attention; there is no time for silly conspiracy theories (or silly political figures). In time America & rest of the west will face direct threats from extreme Islam again – prepare now & be ready then!