In The News: Biden Calls Withdrawal From “Forever War In Afghanistan” Successful; Republicans Call For War

FeaturedIn The News: Biden Calls Withdrawal From “Forever War In Afghanistan” Successful; Republicans Call For War

From the White House Tuesday, Joe Biden called the withdrawal of troops and personnel from Afghanistan, a success.

The invasion of Afghanistan began twenty years ago. It was but  one response to 9/11; the other was the invasion of Iraq. Both of which, amounted to nothing good, but countless lost lives.

Twenty years later, the U.S. is no closer to defeating terrorism in the Middle East, or anywhere in the world for that matter. It’s an impossible task to complete.

“Last night in Kabul, the United States ended twenty years of war in Afghanistan. The longest war in American history. We completed one of the biggest air lifts in history with more than 120,000 people evacuated to safety…

“They did it knowing ISIS terrorists, sworn enemies of the Taliban, were lurking in the midst of those crowds, and still the women and men of the United States military, our diplomatic corps and Intelligence professionals did their job and did it well…

Twenty service members were wounded in the service of this mission, thirteen heroes gave their lives…

In April, I made a decision to end this war. As part of that decision, we set the date of August 31st for American troops to withdraw…

“Let me be clear, leaving Afghanistan the 31st, is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives. My predecessor, the former president, signed an agreement with the Taliban to remove US troops by May first, just months after I was inaugurated.

So we were left with a simple decision… I was not going to extend a forever war, and I was not going to extend a forever exit…”

Congressional Republicans had some stupid shit to say in criticism of the withdrawal – which included impeaching Biden.

Dan Crenshaw on Fox News: “The war is clearly not ended. You can’t unilaterally end a war. It takes two to tango and these people will never stop fighting us. Their capabilities are still intact. We should retake more airfields throughout the country. It will take troops on the ground and a complete reassessment of our strategy. The military can do it. We need the will politically to do it.”

Former Trump Pentagon chief of staff, Kash Patel: “Air superiority is something we have always had in Afghanistan. And our predator program dominated the skies under president Trump, and we can do it again if we retake Bagram airfield because that is the center country ops.”

Rudy – melting hair dye and all – Giuliani on Twitter: “The terrorist attacks in Kabul were only possible because the Biden administration pulled out our troops, abandoned our air base and left massive armaments for the terrorists to kill us.”

Even Fox News pundits joined in the stupidity. Todd Starnes:

“For every American who is killed, a city in Afghanistan should be wiped off the earth.”

Fox contributor Johnny Jones: “I was an E6 in the Marine Corp and I’ll tell you, the dogs of war are hungry and it might be time to let them eat. I hate that… it’s not woke, but as we would say, stack the bodies up and let them see it.”

House Minority idiot, Kevin McCarthy – the Republican whom Nancy Pelosi recently referred to as a moron – in a statement, criticized Biden’s withdrawal as the “worst foreign policy disaster in decades.”

A worse foreign policy disaster was invading Afghanistan in the first place. Try telling this to a Republican without their brain imploding. To them, staying in Afghanistan indefinitely would have been a success, a success that would have no positive outcome, that would bring no end to terrorism in sight, but would make matters worse, and in the end, take the lives of many more Americans.

Sources: Associated Press, The Week, the Rev, Republican house.gov, Daily Beast.

News Short: With Looming Deadline, Evacuations Continue In Afghanistan

FeaturedNews Short: With Looming Deadline, Evacuations Continue In Afghanistan

As the U.S. government continues its evacuations from Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline, about 1500 still remain. Since the Taliban were able to seize control of the country in mid-August, approximately 4500 U.S. citizens have been safely evacuated from the Kabul airport. As of Wednesday, approximately 19200 have been hurried out, with thousands more waiting their turn. The airport, according to foreign sources, may no longer be safe. Since two bombings have already been reported within the airport’s vicinity, another within the vicinity of or within the airport itself, is not out of the realm of possibility.

President Biden Says All Remaining Troops Will Leave Afghanistan By September 11

President Biden Says All Remaining Troops Will Leave Afghanistan By September 11

President Biden announced Wednesday that all troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by September 11, on the anniversary of 9/11, the same day Islamic militants attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, September, 2001.

What Biden said.

Biden’s speech was addressed from the Treaty Room of the White House. “I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American presence in Afghanistan,” he said. “Two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth. After consulting with our allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence personnel, with our diplomats and our development experts, with Congress and the vice president, as well as with Mr. Ghani, and many others around the world, I concluded that it’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home…

“I know there are many who will insist that diplomacy cannot succeed with out a robust military presence to stand as leverage. We gave that argument a decade ago. It’s never proved effective.”

Reactions.

Some Democrats were supportive of the decision. California Representative Ro Khanna, said, “I applaud president Biden for achieving an impossibility here in Washington, ending a forever war. It is an act of extraordinary political courage and vision.”

Others, including GOP leaders, were critical.

“Wars don’t end when one side abandons a fight,” Liz Cheney said in a statement. “Withdrawing our forces by September 11 will only embolden the very Jihadists who attacked our homeland that day twenty years ago. By declaring that this withdrawal is not based on conditions on the ground, the Biden admin. is sending a dangerous signal that the United States does not fundamentally understand – or is willfully ignorant of – the terrorist threat.

“President Biden’s decision hands the Taliban and al-Qaeda a propaganda victory, abandons our global leadership position and plays into our adversaries’ hands. As we saw with president Obama’s reckless decision to pull troops out of Iraq in 2011, retreat does not end the fight against terrorism. It merely gives our enemies more room to reconstitute and plot attacks against the homeland.”

“This administration has decided to abandon US efforts in Afghanistan which have helped keep radical Islamic terrorism in check,” Mitch McConnell said, “and brazenly they have decided to do so by September eleventh.”

Following the speech, Biden visited Arlington National Cemetery, where he told reporters that he had made the right decision.

“I’m always amazed that generation after generation, men and women give their lives to this country,” he said. “It means I have trouble showing up these days to this cemetery and not thinking about my son.”

There is no evidence that a twenty year US presence has kept Islamic terrorist activity in check. Our presence there has done nothing to curb or stop terrorism. All it has accomplished is the needless deaths of 2, 132 American soldiers. It’s time to get out.