It’s not just Afghanistan and the specter of a hostage crisis with the Taliban. Inflation is vastly outpacing job creation and driving down wages. The border remains in crisis and the courts have ordered the reinstatement of some Trump era policies. Violent crime is on the rise and the pandemic continues. The best Biden can… Continue reading Biden’s in a box, the walls are closing in, and the box itself is sinking in the middle of the ocean under the weight of events
The disaster in Afghanistan has prompted multiple calls to impeach the President. What are the grounds and what does history say in similar situations? Before the Trump Era, no President had been impeached without being accused of a crime. In 1868, Congress actually passed a law to entrap Johnson. Should the old rules still apply? … Continue reading Impeach President Biden?
Biden is far from the first to lie, obfuscate, and mislead on Afghanistan. He’s part of a long line of well-documented falsehoods stretching back almost 20 years. Everyone knew the Afghan Army was a disaster and the government was corrupt, but they moved ahead anyway, wasting billions of dollars and costing thousands of lives, ending… Continue reading Afghanistan: Why would we believe a word the President or the entire government says at this point?
As the US completes its retreat from Afghanistan, the alliances President Biden promised to rebuild are perhaps more strained than ever. The optimism of his inauguration and first international address have been replaced by blame and bickering with key allies like Britain and France openly berating the President and planning their own course in Afghanistan… Continue reading Biden’s “America is Back” is consumed by a conflagration of contradictions, betrayal, and actual flames
Where are the resignations? The leaks? The anonymous sources and Gold Star families? The profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter in solidarity with our abandoned Afghani allies? Compare and contrast the reaction to Trump pulling out of Syria without incident and Biden’s catastrophe in Afghanistan, and you tell me why the difference in coverage. It… Continue reading Afghanistan goes boom: Imagine if Trump were in office
Whatever happened to Obama’s Yes We Can and the Audacity of Hope? Lessons from President Truman on the importance of creative thinking and a refusal to surrender in the face of setbacks and untold horrors. Truman faced perhaps the greatest challenges of any incoming President in US history, yet wouldn’t be cowed and ultimately created… Continue reading Afghanistan: The lack of imagination and determination is most frightening of all
Will we get our people and allies out safely? What did Biden know and when did he know it? How could our intelligence be so bad? Why did we do nothing while the Taliban marched through the country? What becomes of Afghanistan? How do our enemies and adversaries react? Momentous events like the Taliban’s swift… Continue reading Afghanistan Fallout: The six biggest questions in the days ahead
Our failure in Afghanistan is the result of policy goals that could never be achieved and lies to cover up our failure to achieve them. Unfortunately, this pattern isn’t limited to the Middle East. It infects just about everything, from our response to coronavirus to climate change, we’re always planning to do the impossible, then… Continue reading Afghanistan: Lofty dreams and outright lies, the wreckage of neoconservatism and its lessons for our entire approach to government
Twenty years, four Presidents, thousands of lives, tens of thousands of injuries, and trillions of dollars later, the vaunted Afghan Army refuses to take the field and the entire country falls in barely a month. There’s no shortage of blame to go around when our entire strategy was based on a steady stream of lies...… Continue reading Afghanistan: Don’t look now, but we just lost another war on Biden’s watch
President Biden announces a full pull out by September 11, 2021. Technically, it’s a delay from Trump’s planned withdrawal on May 1, but either way all fair minded observers should hope he can succeed where both his predecessors failed and end one of the longest wars in US history. President Joe Biden and I finally… Continue reading Biden: Good luck and Godspeed finally getting us out of Afghanistan