But so is surrender!
Don’t need no boots on the ground in Afghanistan, Joe Biden says. We got “over-the-horizon” fire and brimstone, the President says.
Is it churlish to point out we couldn’t stop the bomb that killed 13 American military and 190 civilians? But, but … but … we dispatched a drone 08-29-21 to take out militants outside Kabul airport. Turns out it was full of kids.
The Pentagon pledged a transparent investigation of an airstrike in Kabul on Sunday that it said was aimed at foiling an attack by Islamic State militants on the Afghan capital’s airport. A missile that day killed 10 civilians — all relatives of a former interpreter who had been seeking a U.S. special immigrant visa because he feared retribution from the Taliban, family members and a neighbor said. (Source here.)
“The idea that we can reliably deter and disrupt terrorist operations in this region from ‘over the horizon’ via carriers parked in the Persian Gulf, and without the benefit of reliable intelligence from our regional partners, is fictional.” says this non-governmental expert.
Indeed, our ability to fight terrorists “will be harder without boots on the ground,” the Wall Street Journal observes.
The Taliban may want to keep out Islamic State but be unable, Gerald Seib writes. “The hope in exiting the country is that Americans could finally forget about Afghanistan. The reality is that they now have to worry about it all over again.“
“Officials say U.S. has lost many key assets for tracking violent militants.” (Source here.)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Because those key assets are at Fort McCoy now.