I watched Biden’s speech and a little bit of the press conference just because of the gravity of the situation and wondering what he would say. He started out by saying it was a tough day. I don’t think anyone will contradict him on that. But then he went right back into his “withdrawal is hard” schtick. He wants us to believe that this was the only way that a withdrawal could have been done. The fact that this is a ludicrous statement doesn’t seem to matter to Biden. The media doesn’t know how to make all this Donald Trump’s fault so they’re kind of stunned. It was like one of those George H. W. Bush press conferences where he just kept repeating, “stay the course,” like it was some kind of mantra. I think at this point there will be some Americans taken hostage by ISIS and the horror of that can only be imagined.
Until to day I wasn’t convinced this would be a downfall event for Biden. Now I think it will be. I think the bleeding from this will go on and on. Something like a thousand al Qaeda fighters have been released from prison and it doesn’t take much imagination to guess how much mayhem and damage they will do. This operation was botched in a way that almost seems deliberate. I’m starting to think this was the Deep State’s revenge for pulling the plug on Afghanistan. How do you not at least make sure that all the civilians who need to get out aren’t already gone when you draw down the troops for the exit maneuver and how do you announce that it will be happening in the middle of the Taliban’s fighting season? Were these generals that stupid? Is it even possible?
I’ve agreed for the last five years that we needed to put an end to the Afghan occupation. Once it was clear that we were trying to make the Afghans into something they don’t want to be it was obvious that the only thing propping up their government was our army. Once the Taliban had the upper hand in Pakistan it was only a matter of time before they did the same in Afghanistan. But to retreat as we did it is like some kind of disaster movie plot. It’s as if a junior officer with no practical experience in war was put in charge of a battle against a hardened enemy. Actions are taking place out of order and opportunities are lost and chaos ensues. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if something really horrible happens as the last troops fly out. It’s just too much like amateur hour.
To be honest it’s too grim to take any pleasure in Biden’s misfortune because it’s the military that’s doing the bleeding. But I think if any good comes out of this fiasco it’s that no Congress is going to sign off on this President sending troops anywhere. And I guess the other silver lining is that the CIA and NSA may decide that instead of pursuing red state Americans as domestic terrorists maybe they should shift their attention to keeping ISIS out of the US at the borders. After all, if those guys walk in the way everybody else does, they might take it into their heads to come to Washington DC and then Joey boy and the Capitol Police might find out what terrorists really look like.