The world has no shortage of horrors, once you expand your lens beyond Western Europe. Horrors and humanitarian crises caused by repressive, authoritarian regimes are the norm in fact, not the exception. We should do what we can, but we can’t save everyone. Europe is supposed to be different. These things don’t happen in the… Continue reading Ukraine: Don’t let Eurocentrism or even outright racism dictate our response
Hundreds of Americans remained trapped in the war-torn country, the Taliban itself has beheaded female athletes and posted grisly pictures on social media while they target female judges for execution. Incredibly, we’re still sending them hundreds of millions of dollars in “humanitarian aid” and insist human rights is the cornerstone of our international diplomacy. Although… Continue reading Afghanistan: We’re paying the Taliban for the privilege of blood on our hands
New reporting and testimony reveals a failure of strategic planning and coordination on a massive scale. Obsessed with speed, the military left the country long before the deadline, leaving our diplomatic staff, allies, and equipment in the care of the Afghan Army. This fatally flawed plan was rehearsed and agreed to by all, then recklessly… Continue reading Afghanistan: The military left without any concern for diplomats, allies, and equipment, how is this possible?
Back in the real world, the flap with France, the tragic drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians, and the botched, politicized vaccine booster roll out are all the obvious outcomes of his own policies and governance. Of course, the real goal is to provide cover to pass a massive, progressive spending spree that’s currently… Continue reading Joe Biden is merely a victim of events and circumstance according to the mainstream media
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?
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