“They have the advantage in numbers, in operational structure, in air forces and in modern weaponry and it’s really about having the will and the leadership to use those advantages to their own benefit...the recipe can’t be just a constant U.S. presence in Afghanistan that never ends.” - Pentagon spokesman John Kirby
Also something of importance lost in the afterglow of Andrew Cuomo's resigning from office is Afghanistan, with parallels to Viet Nam duly noted. And with Biden basically turning the country over to the Taliban...which is not unlike Nixon turning over South Vietnam to the communists... Biden's ordered withdrawal of all American troops by August 31st remains in place. Turning his back on both the Afghan people and the Afghans who helped our troops not only as translators but in the actual fight against these most vicious of muslim extremists, memories for many of Nixon ordering our troops departure and desperate Vietnamese civilians running towards transport planes must surely come to mind.
And to that end, last Thursday, due to Afghanistan's “deteriorating security situation” and after speaking with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, along with the State Department, very strongly urged all remaining Americans in Afghanistan to depart the country immediately. And they also announced that “temporarily being deployed” to Afghanistan would be 5,000 troops to aid in the what was once called a “drawdown” of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul...a “drawdown” that would have resulted in a mere “core diplomatic presence” within the city...has now become an emergency evacuation of all Western diplomats and civilians what with the Taliban now having entered the Afghan capital.
And with two-thirds of Afghanistan already under their
control, and with Jalalabad falling into Taliban hands mere days ago,
what was predicted to be Kabul's fall within a few weeks has already
taken place with the Taliban's first act being the freeing of what's
believed to be thousands of inmates from the city's Pul-e-Charkhi
prison, with government forces offering no resistance. And with the
announcing that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country late Sunday afternoon the fate of Kabul was sealed with the Taliban then entering the presidential palace.
But know that neither the time frame allotted nor the number of persons involved can bring all the Americans and Afghan folks to safety. And really, why are visas even needed when it's a humanitarian crisis that's unfolding for those Afghans who risked their lives helping the U.S. when our southern border sees the welcome mat being laid out for disease carrying illegals...illegals with their hands out...for whom visas are a dirty word. Guess we all know the answer to that now don't we, as well as we know why Biden won't send troops to said border.
So while a U.S. infantry brigade does remain positioned in Kuwait, if
needed, to help secure the now emergency evacuation's main point of
departure, as in the Hamid Karzai airport, know that because of Joe
Biden, America now sadly leaves Afghanistan in defeat after the Afghan military we both financed and trained began to unravel soon after his April misguided decision to announce for all to hear the pullout date of all U.S. troops...channeling his inner Obama I guess. Now taking away the Afghan military's much needed logistical, air, and moral support, this sad end did not have to be if only we and Afghan's President Ghani had not foolishly engaged in U.S. sponsored so-called "peace talks," And it's these "peace talks" where, as expected, the Taliban lied about their intentions while preparing for what has now proven to be a highly successful so-called "lightning offensive"...an offensive taking a bit over a week's time to accomplish.
And so lessons from the past, including lessons learned in Vietnam, should have taught us that to truly win any war, no matter whom the enemy is, that hard battles must be fought and blood must be shed...like in both World Wars...and that collateral damage is destined to happen. Fighting a war to win the “hearts and minds” of the enemy...in fact trying to make friends with the enemy...does nothing but lay the ground work for losing any given war with Afghanistan now being a prime example.Simply, we either should have gone into Afghanistan strong and bombed the Taliban out of existence or not gone in at all...that's one lesson that should have been learned from Russia's defeat as well. Yet there's still a bit of time to correct some mistakes made, but that can only be done via a Commander-in-Chief who is of the right mind to know that by our leaving Afghanistan it creates a Middle East vacuum of power that will not end well for the U.S., for Israel, or for the West as the Taliban will surely align themselves with both Iran and China.
In fact, China has already stated that they will recognize the Taliban as the legitimate ruler of Afghanistan when Kabul is fully under their control, which unfortunately, as I write this, has now started to happen. And it's happened no matter that the Taliban had promised not to take over the capital by force, not to assume power directly, and not to act as the puppet master for what was hoped would be a peacefully initiated transition of government. But sadly, that is not now nor was it ever reality for when one is dealing with barbaric murdering savages like the Taliban promises made are always not kept.
And this now leaves heaven alone to help the rightfully scared Afghan people. Think I'm wrong...I guarantee that time itself will show you that I'm not. Case closed.
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