Last Helicopter Out

by Mustang

Unfortunately, the United States of America has a dismal track record in matters of diplomacy.  It’s so bad that even our failed diplomacy has become a disaster.  Really?  How bad could it be?  Let’s review.

After twenty years of George Bush’s War, Joe Biden announced the end of US involvement in a country that has never been a nation.  Despite the loss of 3,562 coalition lives and nearly 23,000 wounded and maimed combat troops (discounting lives lost and wounded contractors), $2 trillion in American debt, the Taliban have reemerged. They are sweeping aside the Afghan Defense Force as if they weren’t there.

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And who knows — maybe they aren’t.  Maybe the ADF has been with the Taliban all along.  The ADF certainly did kill their fair share of the US and coalition military personnel, primarily by shooting them in the back.

President Biden, meanwhile, continues to call for peace talks with radical Islamists who resume the wanton murder of any Afghan who doesn’t share their worldview.  What is the view of US diplomats?  “We’re stunned,” one official said.  According to one CNBC reporter, a US official has warned the region, “The Afghan War will spread beyond its borders.”  Not only that, but Biden officials also predict Kabul will fall within 90 days.  How’s that for optimism?

From the Taliban’s side of the argument, they wonder, “What is there to talk about?”  And the Taliban are probably correct.  So far, ten (of 34) Afghani provinces have already fallen to the Taliban.

We can’t credit US diplomatic ineptitude or the Taliban’s radical ethos for the entire problem.  We also have to credit the rampant corruption of the Afghan government.  One US congressman noted that official corruption is as lethal as Taliban machetes used to decapitate the unbelievers.  Not only are the ministers of interior and defense liars and thieves, but they are also as inept as the US State Department — which is saying something.  According to one report by journalist Lynne O’Donnell, “Some Afghan police haven’t been paid for months, while sorely-needed ammunition and food deliveries are pilfered before they reach the soldiers.”

The short version of current events in Afghanistan is that the Taliban attack ADF positions from the north and the ADF run as fast as their legs can carry them toward the south.  So far, it’s been a very equitable arrangement.  So far, the only ADF holding the line against the Taliban are special forces troops and the (cough) air force.  Lately, the air force has begun attacking retreating Afghan ground forces.  In the long run, this may not be a workable strategy.

One report suggests that the real problem in Afghanistan is that all the American and European contractors have left.  These people made logistics work in a country that was never a nation — and never will be.  They managed supplies, the organized training, they maintained equipment.  Now, they’re all gone, and my guess is they won’t be going back.

So, what silver bullets does the Biden administration have under their skirts?  Talking points.  Biden’s latest threat is that if the Taliban do not stop taking over provinces, if they continue to press the Afghan government, and/or if they eventually take over the country, Biden will make sure that the international community isolates Afghanistan.  Biden must be a dolt.  Isolation from the western world is what the Taliban wants — they much prefer a more open arrangement with Pakistan and a more beneficial relationship with Russia and China.

Should any American even care?  Well, the mother who lost her son or daughter might wonder why their child had to die if the United States wasn’t serious about “saving” the Afghan women from their abusive Islamacist husbands — which is what Laura Bush told them was the US mission in Afghanistan.

A refresher –

U.S. Evacuation and Fall of Saigon During the Vietnam War

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Did the McCain Funeralrama come down to Bush giving Michelle a piece of candy?

 

 

The American oligarchs came together as planned for the McCain funeralrama that went on for days. In the end, the memorable point of the exercise for most Americans came down to a few seconds of Bush handing over a piece of candy to Michelle Obama. See, we can all get along.

Forget that the point, in this orchestrated piece of theatre, was simply to continue the coup of our sitting President.That’s it. That’s all it took to win Twitter for the day. Did the World miss the point?

Those four seconds of footage have been circulated around TV news stations to ‘ooh’s and ‘ahh’s of fawning establishment pundits yammering incessantly about how the death of War Hero John McCain™ has let everyone Put Aside Our Political Differences™ and Come Together As Americans™ to celebrate the life of a man who dedicated his entire political career to sowing death, suffering and devastation at every opportunity.

 

 

Because that’s how compartmentalized Americans are from the reality of what war is and what it means. The explosions, the screams, the charred and shredded human bodies, the chaos and displacement and all the suffering, terrorism, slavery and rape that necessarily always comes with it, the million Iraqis killed under Bush, the unfathomable humanitarian disasters created in Libya and Syria under Obama, all the devastation created in all the military interventions McCain helped push for, all of that is so peripheral and distant in American consciousness that it can be dismissed with a wave of the hand and a piece of fucking candy.

And it isn’t really their fault. The more woke Americans who’ve grown to resent their brainwashed countrymen hate it when I say this, but it isn’t. It’s not a coincidence that the nation with the most powerful military in the history of civilization and the most billionaires in the history of civilization also happens to have the most sophisticated propaganda system in the history of civilization, and that propaganda system is pointed at them from a very early age to normalize the war machine that is used to protect the empire of the billionaires.

 

More at  Zero Hedge

Recall how the Democrats undercut Bush’s Syrian policy?

Oh the outrage that GOP members of Congress have written Iran letting them know how our Republic works.  GOP senators called ‘traitors’ over letter to Iran on nuke deal  Let us step back in time and look at how the Democrat savants really undercut Bush as he tried to isolate Syria. The GOP wrote a letter, the Democrats visited Assad.

Kerry,Clinton’s sorry Syrian policy has led to this? August 28, 2013 — bunkerville

During the Bush Administration, the Dems did what they could to undermine his policy in attempting to isolate Syria. From Kerry to Pelosi, they defied him and went waltzing over to meet with their “friend” that they were sure was going to be our go to guy in the Middle East. A butcher with massive amounts of chemical weapons, no mind. What is it with all of these Progressives and their infatuation with dictators?

April 5, 2007:

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with Syria’s leader Wednesday despite White House objections, saying she pressed President Bashar Assad over his country’s support for militant groups and passed him a peace message from Israel.

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On the March 27, 2011, Clinton insisted, “There’s a different leader in  Syria now. Many of the members of Congress who have gone to  Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” (The Washington  Post gave this remark three Pinocchios. Clinton later backtracked.)  Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS have not reexamined the comments in the wake of the attack  or its accuracy.

On July 27, 2012, National  Review recounted several politicians who have offered hopeful comments  about Assad. Noah Glyn wrote of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  and others.

In 2007, Nancy Pelosi, over strong objections from the  State Department, visited Syria, and said, “The road to Damascus is a road to  peace.” Senator John Kerry predicted that “Syria will change as it embraces a  legitimate relationship with the United States.” Read more:  Newsbusters

It wasn’t so long ago that Kerry made repeated pilgrimage to Syria, meeting with Assad five times between 2009 and 2011.

He famously used the adjective “generous” to describe Assad, as the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens recalled in a column:

On March 16, 2011—the day after the first mass demonstration against the regime—John Kerry said Assad was a man of his word who had been “very generous with me.” He added that under Assad “Syria will move; Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States.” This is the man who might be our next secretary of state. (DONE)

As Michael Rubin recently wrote in Commentary Magazine, Kerry’s staffers described “their collective cringe when, after a motorcycle ride with Bashar al-Assad, he returned to Washington referring to Bashar as ‘my dear friend.’”

Kerry clearly believed Assad was honest and a force for stability. The National Review quoted a WikiLeaks document which revealed Kerry had told the emir of Qatar in November 2010, “Assad is a man who ‘wants to change’ and that Israel should cede the Golan Heights to the Syrians ‘at some point.’”

The Washington Free Beacon in an article titled “An Affair to Remember: John Kerry Hearts Bashar al-Assad” called Kerry the Syrian dictator’s “highest-ranking apologist in American politics”:

Kerry thwarted efforts during the Bush administration to diplomatically isolate Syria after the administration’s own efforts to engage the regime ended in failure in 2003. Kerry served as the Obama administration’s envoy to Assad, leading a delegation to Syria just days after Obama’s inauguration. H/T:The Blaze

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