Biden’s parallel universe

September 4, 2021
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It was beyond surreal.  Listening to the President of the United States address the American people on his withdrawal from Afghanistan I swore I had been transported to a parallel universe.

What had started months before with his proclamation that he was ordering the withdrawal of all  U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 ended with a litany of rationalizations, false equivalencies, and childish blame games on August 31st, 2021.

When some Ivy League genius had thought it would be a great political coupe to remember our worst day since Pearl Harbor with a  false Presidential victory speech that genius ignored two critical points:

  1. The war was no longer a massive ground war, but a forward base preventing Afghanistan from again becoming a terrorist haven.
  2. Trusting the exit strategy to the worst foreign policy “expert” in Washington D.C. (now posing as President of the United States) would somehow not end in chaos.

In these past weeks there have been numerous comparisons of the fall of Kabul to the fall of Saigon in ’75.

But this is far worse than Vietnam.  The Vietnam debacle remained relatively contained within the region. The terrorism facing the U.S. and western nations today is global in reach and requires a global strategy abroad if the civilians are to be kept safe at home.

But there was something that I heard and watched these past few months that was comparable to the Vietnam years.  The complete disconnect between what the Pentagon, State Department, White House Press Secretary and yes even the President himself said in front of the cameras and what was happening on the ground.

And lest you think I overstate, on the day President Biden went before the American people to spin his justification for the death and devastation his decisions had caused Reuters reported on a July 23 phone call between Biden and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

From the Reuters report:

“I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”

To be fair, the President had proposed bringing top officials together to present a united front. He even offered to “continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is and what we are doing. And all the way through the end of August, and who knows what after that.”

Ghani responded with:  “Mr. President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this, so that dimension needs to be taken account of.

Second, what is crucial is, close air support, and if I could make a request, you have been very generous, if your assistance, particularly to our air force be front loaded, because what we need at this moment, there was a very heavily reliance on air power, and we have prioritized that if it could be at all front-loaded, we will greatly appreciate it.”

But as we’ve seen these past months, nothing Mr. Biden says can be trusted.

The man that has boasted for weeks that decisions are his alone noted to Mr. Ghani: “I’m not a military guy, so I’m not telling you what a plan should precisely look like…”  And then Mr. “not a military guy” proceeded to lecture Mr. Ghani that “close air support works only if there is a military strategy on the ground to support.”

Yet even though Mr. Ghani did give Mr. Biden a strategy (stop the advance with close air support, then protect the population centers) that close air support that the President had promised never came and without it, the Afghan army didn’t stand a chance.

And the world watched in horror as the greatest military power on Earth ended up relying on the Taliban for airport security.

The President either didn’t listen, didn’t care, or can’t keep a train of thought for more than five minutes at a time (personally I believe it’s a combination of all three) but in the end it didn’t matter.

Kabul fell, 6,000 American troops were ordered into a kill zone that never should have been and thirteen of the best of our best lost their lives because of it.

In an August 16th speech Mr. Biden echoed Harry S. Truman with a bold “the buck stops with me.”  What he forgot to mention is that buck only stays on his desk long enough for him to pass it on to whomever he’s blaming next.

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