Afghanistan crisis hurts Biden in three ways: There is a quote in To Kill a Mockingbird where Miss Maudy tells Jem that “things are not as bad as they seem.” For Joe Biden, right now, things look very dark.
But if I dig into my quotations book, who better to do Kipling’s if – and that line about what they think of success and failure as a fraud? Politicians have been told for ages that there is no coming back from this or that catastrophe, yet – come back.
The symbolic unraveling of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan comes from the as yet unwritten textbook “How to Defeat”. Warnings are ignored, intelligence is completely inadequate, the plan is lamentable, and implementation is painful.
Let’s focus on just one thing – even if there is no appropriate number for the test.
Withdrawal came during the “fighting season” – a phrase I always found odd. But the fighting period in Afghanistan starts in the spring starts in Tuu – and then in the winter, when the country freezes, it is time for the Taliban to go home to their tribal homelands. When there were no Taliban forces to fill the void, did anyone think it would be better to order the withdrawal for those who died in the winter?
The end result may be the same – the Taliban takeover – but it will definitely lead to a more orderly drawdown. Yet the Biden Administration wanted an attractive date. They want the withdrawal to be completed by September 11th. Twenty years since 9/11 – an artificial, self-imposed deadline.
Another quote. After the devastating Bay of Pigs invasion, when Cuban immigrants with CIA support tried to overthrow Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy – the president at the time of that defeat – lamented that there were hundreds of fathers to victory, but the failure was orphaned.
Joe Biden is currently an orphan. And it may have consequences for his presidency; And most importantly how the world sees the whole of America.
Biden’s election campaign will be reduced to three messages to separate himself from Donald Trump. First, he is more sympathetic. He is more capable. And will be replaced by the mantra “America is Back” instead of “America First”.
But in his speech yesterday, he did not have much sympathy for the thousands of Afghans who have helped Americans for the past 20 years. On efficiency, even his biggest cheerleaders struggle to say that the withdrawal of American troops is none other than Shambolic.
After the shocking events of the last few days, how did America come back? Many see what happened on President Biden’s clock in Afghanistan as a direct continuation of Donald Trump’s America First policies – and, as some have wildly joked, were not well maintained.
It is likely to be severely damaged.
But in the process, Joe Biden was utterly defiant. He summoned his inner Harry Truman and made it clear in his speech that Buck was stopping with him. However, McSpredder was happy to distribute the blame in the same way that he spreads the manure in all directions. The Afghan leadership was not fit for it, the Afghan armed forces had no fighting among them; Donald Trump discussed a bad deal.
Joe Biden may be a lovely prankster, but so is Chippiness. He did not like to be questioned, and in many foreign policy questions, he was convinced of his own right.
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Joe Biden was never a “liberal interlocutor” who thought that liberal democracy would be shipped in 40-foot containers from Baltimore Harbor and exported worldwide. He thinks the U.S. military should only be abroad to protect key US interests. And when Osama bin Laden died, al-Qaeda hit hard, it was done. Time to come home.
This is an opinion shared with millions of Americans. But approving a policy is very different from implementing a non-functioning one. What if the terrorist groups that felt brave with the Taliban victory decided to launch their own attacks on Americans abroad or Americans at home? Then it could be a political disaster.
This brings us to how Western leaders see America now. Lovely nugget from a briefing given by Joe Biden National Security Advisor. Since the fall of Kabul, Jake Sullivan has revealed that Biden has not spoken to another world leader. Isn’t it a little surprising that there are so many other countries – including Britain – that have committed vast resources to Afghanistan? Following Sullivan’s briefing, the White House announced that Biden had spoken with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.