It’s not just Biden and Trump who should wear that jacket.
As America hightails it out of Afghanistan, we’ve lost a crucial outpost that helps protect our national interest.
In the pre-bug out, we had a few thousand American military specialists and contractors–mostly non-combatants–who were our eyes and ears in this outpost. Gathering intelligence. Spotting where attacks against America or our interests were being hatched. Giving air support to the Afghans who were fighting and dying for their country. Aviation maintenance crews. Maintaining a launch pad for covert operations in the region against terrorists.
Not the least, providing safe harbor for our citizens, friends and allies who were there to help the Afghan people–especially the young ones who never had the joy of living under the thumb of the Taliban–from being overrun by adherents of a 7th century set of rules. Of course, that doesn’t matter.
Not a single American GI was killed performing these essential services for more than a year. It wasn’t an attempt to “nation build,” “create a democracy” or any of the other simpleminded slogans repeated by isolationists who blindly insist that America going turtle is the best and only way to keep us safe. No one can get to us inside our shell, right?
Both Trump and Biden fed this childish, naive isolationism whose roots run deep in America. Often with bad consequences. Remember Pearl Harbor. “Twenty years is enough!” “No more endless wars!”
Trump set it all in motion with a flawed “agreement” that signaled to Afghans that a massive betrayal is on the way. They didn’t need to hear the cock crow thrice to know that their fate was sealed. Biden, for all is blather and self-righteousness, followed up Trump by bowing before extreme isolationism. Where are Trumans, FDRs and Churchills when we need them?
Never mind that the recent deployment of limited American resources was far different from the huge military deployments of past years. The 100,000 troops on the ground. The lives lost. The treasure spent. However we got into what many consider to be an indefensible war, current circumstances and realities should dictate policy.
This kind of analysis hardly suits the isolationists who attack the “neocons” and “interventionists” with broad strokes, in obeisance to their America-in-hiding ideology. The “interventionists” can be accused of the same submission to an ideology. Both sides go the either/or, good/bad, black/white route, failing to see the vast middle ground between the two. That would be a middle ground that is guided by reality. One that weighs the costs and the benefits.
Ye gods. I don’t want to hear any diversionary “it was a masterful evacuation” to cover up Biden’s and Trump’s huge strategic error. We should never have given up what we had there. Now we pay the price:
Americans and allies left behind. Infidels kneeling to pledge allegiance to 7th century concepts of justice and religion. Beheadings and hangings for dissidents. Women and girls–my God, what have we done to them? A platform for jihadists to launch their terror not just against us.
It’s a measure of how far we’ve sunk that we allow slogans to dictate life and death policies.
The reality is that America is the world’s beacon of freedom, the place of refuge, safety and prosperity. We are admired, I dare say, more than hated. At least outside of America. In America, we are rotting from the inside by hate-America wokishness.
- There’s chaos and risk in Afghanistan exit, but Biden critics are getting it mostly wrong. We have no ongoing security interest in Afghanistan, and we don’t send troops everywhere to protect women and human rights. We do that in other ways.
- The abandonment of Afghanistan is a mess of both the left and right’s making.
- Almost 90 Retired Flag Officers Demand Mark Milley, Lloyd Austin Resign After Afghanistan Debacle