America is cowering in place
Finally paid off the family sedan. Took forever. Paid way too much. Too many costly repairs. Now that we own it free and clear we’re leaving it at the curb for whatever lawless, illiterate punks want to take it for a joy ride. Keys in it, full tank of gas — but no liability insurance. So be careful out there! The streets of Madison just became a little more dangerous.
Surrendering to reckless drivers. Tired of fighting the social justice warriors. Mayor Satya and Progressive Dane alders like Nikki Conklin and Yannette Figueroa Cole are free to attack the police.
Hard-working shop keepers can stay boarded up. More gay lawmakers will beaten in the streets. Remaining statues of historic heroes will be toppled, opposition leaders shouted down.
Escape to safe haven in Waunakee and Fitchburg while you can.
It was an analogy, people!
The United States did expend too much blood and treasure in Afghanistan.
But we got to where we had a small footprint: 2,500 boots on the ground — fewer than in Korea. We were spending less than one percent of the Pentagon budget, with the ability to snuff out incipient terrorist groups, and provide logistic support for the indigenous fighters. This in the world’s most unstable region. For our 20-year investment (compared to 70 in Korea) we suffered not a single terrorist attack on American soil. Thursday 08-26-21 a retreating America suffered more combat deaths than in 10 years.
Our incredulous allies are watching the United States of America cut and run, bug out, turn tail. As the Wall Street Journal laments, dependent “on the victorious enemy that has spent years trying to kill Americans to detect jihadists bent on killing Americans.”
We reaped that bitter harvest even before abandoning our ally. The Taliban is either unable or unwilling to stop one of the seemingly endless variants of ISIS or al Qaeda from killing innocents.
“Kabul is new capital city of global jihad.”
— U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-NB
Christmas morning for terrorists
The satiric Babylon Bee jests that the Taliban is opening a chain of Army Surplus stores. Don’t you get the hardware out after you get the people out and before you abandon Bagram? (An accounting here.) A highly defensible air force base? (The Taliban has no air power.)
Give him credit, Joe Biden delivered an empathetic — and at times, powerful speech Thursday afternoon. Tied the heartache of the loss of his son Beau (Abel to Hunter’s Cain) to the death of 13 U.S. military and now up to 170 Afghans, plus scores more injured. Vowed “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Good one-syllable Anglo-Saxon words in the mode of Churchill. But as policy it was shameful. Joe is more Neville than Winston. Could we not have told the Taliban we leave when we get our people, our friends, and our stuff the hell out!? You decide whether that is sooner or whether that is later?!
We will make the terrorists pay? How? We may have “over the horizon” ability but drones and jet fighters need someone to paint the target. Who would that be? Our Afghan ears and eyes either have left aboard Air Force C-17s or are cowering in their basements on some crooked street, fearing that midnight knock on the door.
The Dispatch asks, “Given the West’s apparent foreknowledge of an impending attack, how were Islamic State jihadists able to carry it out so successfully?”
China says thank you
Had to evacuate in order to concentrate on China? China just took title to Afghanistan’s lithium deposits.
Speaking of Trump, which we weren’t, David French writes, “Trump wanted out, and he wanted to get out sooner than Biden. In fact, he agreed to leave in May, and he recently bragged about putting in place a process that Biden “couldn’t stop.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Thursday’s slaughter in Kabul says America will be forced to return to Afghanistan — minus the assets for which we had paid so dearly. We were winning. We just didn’t know it.