You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read this: “In Qatar’s capital, Doha, U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Taliban political leaders who demanded an end to intensifying U.S. airstrikes aimed at slowing the fast-moving push by Taliban forces to gain territory, occupy provincial capitals and hold key roadways.”
Khalilzad is one of those preposterous people who use their foreign birth, he was born in Tabul, as a way to wheedle themselves into the good graces of our leaders who lean upon them for direction assuming they are from that country so that gives them a step up over others born in America.
Mike Pompeo appointed Khalilzad as the United State’s special envoy to Afghanistan for the purpose of finding a peaceful solution to that country’s troubles. That he did. The US would all but surrender. On February 29, 2020, he was sitting next to a Taliban leader agreeing we would withdraw our troops by May 2021 provided the Taliban would negotiate a peaceful settlement with the Afghan government.
It showed that Khalilzad was amazingly gullible to believe the Taliban would abide by any agreement yet he was our expert. Immediately the Taliban violated the agreement by launching attacks. Khalilzad overlooked them. Trump wanted to exit Afghanistan so it was best to stick to our agreement while ignoring the Taliban breaches.
Biden came along. Biden ignored the breaches. He insisted we were bound to the agreement Trump signed although he moved the date four months further. Think of it this way – we enter into an armistice with the enemy to stop fighting. We put down out arms, they keep on fighting. Do we just sit there and get mowed down?
Khalilzad was in America a couple of weeks ago he said he was flying back to Doha to insist the Taliban keep its word which it hadn’t done for a year. Obviously since it was seeing success on the ground even thinking that they would consider that is the height of foolishness. His term as special envoy has produced one disaster after another so that we have reached the point where the Taliban is acting toward the US as if it is a craven power subject to its demands.
That Khalilzad sat there and listened to that demand without telling them to get lost shows how low the US has fallen. It shows that the Taliban took the measure of Khalilzad early on, violated every agreement they made knowing he and his country did not have the backbone to stand up to them.
Now look at Biden. Willy-nilly he pulls out our troops and now he’s putting 5,000 back in. They are there to evacuate our 1,400 embassy workers and maybe the 2,600 others working there. He issued a warning to the Taliban that if any Americans were injured he’ll really get tough.
I’m sure it had a good laugh over that one. It may let the fleeing Americans go without causing trouble but it is not because it fears us, it just will make its takeover easier. Then again it might want to give us some more crow to eat.
It is Saigon all over again but even worse. There the enemy had invaded the city; in Kabul it hasn’t but we act as if it did. We invaded Afghanistan, drove out the Taliban, gave Afghans hope, pulled the rug out under the Afghans, opened the door for the Taliban takeover.
Reading about FDR’s WWII actions it’s a wonder we ever won that war. Here the same mistakes have been made. Little Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden, all the generals and military planners, the State Department experts, all share the blame.
Do you remember why we invaded in the first place? It was to drive Al Qaeda out after the Taliban refused to turn over Osama bin Laden and others. A byproduct of that was destroying the Taliban. After that was done we lingered on and watched for years as the Afghan leadership wallowed in corruption abetted by the endless crates of money we sent. We did nothing about it – oh, Khalilzad did ask them not to be corrupt as if asking them to do it amounted to anything. We feared forcing them to stop. Why? What’s wrong with us?
Now we are being told what to do by the Taliban. I don’t know if we can sink any lower. Where’s our pride?