I read that we have succeeded in breaking another record. July was the hottest month in recorded history. It now is that each month breaks a record of some sorts. An article I read points out how the increase in heat and the melting of ice has adversely affected places on all parts of the world. Yet we still have many who refuse to accept global warming and that it is caused by human behavior although some Republican Congress folk seeing its effects on their voters have started to believe it.
There’s the boiling over in Afghanistan that was as predictable as the sun rising. Blame will be tossed back and forth between political parties when it rests fully on the shoulders of both.
Several things boggles my mind. The idea you could bargain with the Taliban is commensurate with thinking you can do so with a poisonous snake. More absurd is making a deal, watching the other party continually break it, and believing you still are bound by it.
Trump’s mistake was bargaining with the Taliban and setting a May 1 withdrawal date. Biden’s mistake was seeing the ongoing breaches of Trump’s deal, feeling despite that he was bound by it except to move the date to September 1.
I know that we have been in Afghanistan for 20 years, we’ve wasted billions training its army, and it seemed unable to resist when the Taliban came. Shouldn’t that have been known by us? Why was it with 2,500 US troops and a few thousand ally troops the Taliban made little gains? Shouldn’t that have been considered.
We have now got a taste of what life is going to be like under the horrific rule of the Taliban. Smart phones are banned, music listening is punished, door-to-door searches arresting and intimidating people. Women, especially, will suffer mightily.
We knew that will happen but suggest we stayed too long as if there was an expiration date. Maybe a few more years may have changed things for the better. How long have we been in South Korea, or Germany?
The biggest losers from the American standpoint are the thousand of Americans killed and wounded to drive the Taliban out. Why did we go there if after 20 years we let the Taliban back in power? Just remember we had the ability to prevent this but decided not to do it
Blame the Afghan army but it did a credible job with our help. Without it, and having relied upon it, its morale collapsed.
Worse of all we see that the Biden administration made no plans other than having our troops run. Biden said there was not going to be a repeat of the South Vietnam experience of panic flight. Words are easily said but that is what is happening.
We have 4,000 people working in our embassy – we’re sending in soldiers we just took out to protect them. We have many thousands more who aided us as interpreters who we promised to get out. Infighting among US officials ensconced safely in the US has endangered these helpers.
I’ve seen over the years people with stickers showing the American flag saying: “These Colors Don’t Run”. Unfortunately it is not true.
I hope the Chinese and Russians aren’t paying attention. If they are they see a nation that is casualty adverse and willing to give its enemy a victory because it could not stay the course. Maybe they’ll think that the US is really an empty suit and little better than the Afghan army.
The Chinese might think the US will not defend Taiwan; Russia hopes to grab the Baltic states; and Kim might be emboldened. Did any of those in the Biden or Trump administrations think of that?