Given that President Joe Biden is feverishly reversing almost every policy of President Donald J. Trump, I’m saddened he is following Trump’s foolish policy of abandoning Afghanistan on a day announced to our adversaries.
I know this is a devisive subject.
Avoiding the phrase that was turned against President George W. Bush, Biden basically claimed “mission accomplished” when he said we had pushed out the Taliban, the administration that protected Al-Qaeda that had launched the devastating 9/11 attack on America, and broken up the Caliphate.
First, the Caliphate was taken down on Trump’s watch. He gets credit for that, as President Barack Obama gets the credit for killing mass murderer Osama bin Laden.
The part about having driven out the Taliban, just who does he think is relentlessly marching forward in the hinterlands?
The Afghan army is 300,000 armed with modern weapons, said Biden, opposing 75,000 insurgents.
Many in the Afghan army are surrendering those modern weapons when they face combat with the Taliban, who are religious fanatics happy to die for their cause. I suspect many in the Afghan army figure — what the hell if these guys are in charge? If women don’t go to school or work, do I really care? No, I don’t. Here’s my AR-15, can I go home now?
Here’s my over/under: Labor Day. Do you think the Taliban will have taken Afghanistan back by then?
When it does, that sinks Biden’s No. 1 cheerful assessment. After 20 years and maybe $3 trillion, the same blagards will be in control.
You may ask, if the Afghans don’t care, why should we?
That is a fair question and I can answer only by saying the strong — us — have a moral obligation to protect the weak, the half of Afghanistan that is not male.
Please do not use as an argument that this has been our longest war. That is a meaningless measure. Ask about achievement. As long as we are there, we prevent a Taliban takeover. When we leave, it is inevitable. A debacle will follow.
World War II ended in 1945. We still have troops in Germany, Japan, and about 100 other nations. Why? To keep the peace.
And it works.
Biden asked now long we should keep our sons and daughters in Afghanistan. As long as it takes, as in Germany and Japan. We lost 10 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2020, only 4 in combat. We mourn each loss, but these numbers are extremely small.
Under pressure to be out of there, Obama pulled troops out of Iraq, pretty much setting off an insurgent offense that had to be countered by a return of troops. (Obama was following a withdrawal timetable laid down by President Bush.)
And here we go again.
Biden said he has confidence in the Afghan army. Based on what — the number of green on blue attacks? (Those are attacks by Afghan military on Allied forces.)
Biden is either criminally optimistic, or just plain lying.
And in the waning days of our involvement there — initially to end on the insanely tone deaf chosen date of 9/11 — we have made a vague promise to extract Afghan natives who supported us — as translators, drivers, administrators, or staff.
Biden says he wants to, but needs Congress to rewrite some laws.
Mr. President, if you are allowing tens of thousands of unproven “asylum seekers” into this nation at our southern border, you can get our Afghan friends to a friendly Mideast country, or perhaps to a territory like Guam, to await vetting.
Ask yourself what your military veteran son Beau would do.