After the last military flight from Karzai International Airport signaled our official withdrawal from Afghanistan, General Kenneth McKenzie described the Taliban as “very pragmatic and businesslike.” Besides killing and maiming America’s best for 20 years, McKenzie saw fit to praise those who set Christians on fire and cut off the fingers of women for wearing nail polish.
McKenzie, who heads up the U.S. Central Command, has steadfastly supported Joe Biden’s wholly ill-conceived and failed retreat from Kabul since the very beginning. For his part, Biden, who opposed the missions to kill Bin Laden and Iran’s Soleimani, merely issued a paper statement on the day of the withdrawal in a gesture lost on neither our friends nor our foes.
This was evidenced after Biden waited 36 hours to return a call from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and North Korea decided to restart its largest nuclear reactor after two years of inaction. Kim Jong Un had already shown no interest in restarting direct negotiations with a clearly-impaired Biden before his latest Afghan snafu. How will Tehran, Moscow and Beijing slap him around?
Though no one will enjoy the moment longer than the Taliban themselves, who now control more of Afghanistan than when America first attacked them in 2001. Furthermore, they can make the claim to be one of the best-equipped armies in the entire world; compliments of Joe.
According to The Times and The Sunday Times, Christmas came early for the Taliban after the U.S. left them approximately $85 billion dollars worth of assorted weaponry. Among the booty: 109 helicopters (including 33 Blackhawks), 65 fixed-wing aircraft, 22,000 Humvees, 169 armoured personnel carriers, 50,000 trucks/SUVs, 64,000 machine guns, 162,000 radios, 16,000 night vision goggles, 358,000 assault rifles and 176 artillery pieces. Put into perspective, this haul would be enough to supply the State of Israel annually for 35 years.
The Taliban, who marked 9/11 as a national holiday, have returned to subjugating women and are openly killing Afghans who assisted the U.S. When will they again become the world’s terrorist training ground? How much high-tech U.S. weaponry will they sell or turn over to China and others to reverse-engineer? How many of these weapons will be used to kill other U.S. forces? To what degree will they destabilize the region through a growing refugee crisis? When will they facilitate the next 9/11 style attack on our homeland? How will their treatment of Americans deemed expendable by a doddering Biden affect those in other hostile nations?
And speaking of hostages, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that “more” than 100 Americans remain in Afghanistan. Just how many more? Real numbers are hard to come by, yet never in history has a U.S. president made the determination to abandon so many citizens in a foreign land. Even after telling George Stephanopolous, “We’ll stay until we get them all out,” Biden’s State Department actively resists efforts to save Americans, pressures allies to do the same, then rushes in to cynically take credit after such rescues succeed. This is pure evil.
While the Biden regime has saved approximately 122,000 people from Afghanistan, only around 6,000 have been Americans; with not one being from outside Kabul. Biden has also doubled down on allowing thousands of random, unvetted Afghan evacuees into the U.S. with no supervision. Meanwhile, many actual Afghan interpreters and their families are in hiding.
In addition to displaying wild incompetence which has left the U.S. and the rest of the world less safe for years to come, Biden’s action led to 13 American deaths where there were no U.S. casualties for 18 months before we tucked our tails and ran. Now the message is clear; while we actively cooperate with the Taliban and appear weak, our allies’ support wanes and our enemies’ resolve to challenge us hastens. This is Joe’s Afghanistan legacy, but not all of it.
As the 13 caskets containing the remains of those who died securing the Kabul airport were saluted during the solemn ceremony at Dover AFB, Joe Biden was repeatedly observed by mourners to check his wristwatch. Such undignified behavior has never been displayed by a sitting U.S. president, defying all standards of basic human decency, and proving that time has truly run out for this presidency. And worst of all, the war is far from over. Tick-tock.
Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.