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The debacle of the Biden bug-out from Afghanistan has had a profound impact on Americans. There are contortionists across the political spectrum whose fingers must be double-jointed as they point to blame, or to offer praise for the end of the so-called “Forever War”.
Let me start with the phrase “Forever War.” Historically, that is not true of our involvement in Afghanistan. The Apache Wars in the American West lasted for 37 years. Although major hostilities ended in 1886, minor skirmishes continued until 1924.
Outside our own borders, the Reconquista of Spain from the Moors took about 700 years, and you can add on to that about another 2oo years of warfare between Catholic Europe and the Ottoman Turks.
In both cases, there were some periods of peace, and some alliance infighting. The repercussions of 200 years of war between Catholic Europe, and later Orthodox Christians, as well as the Ottomans, were still being felt in our lifetime in the war between Serbia, Kosovo, and Croatia.
I do not hold all Biden voters responsible for the debacle in Kabul. I hold Biden and the elites from the prior Obama administration responsible for his stupidity. The media that protected him during the campaign can take their share of the blame as well.
Biden did not consult with NATO allies before leaving Bagram in the middle of the night. Biden made the decision to evacuate the military first, civilians last. Biden has a huge ego problem, and his advisors that have never served in the military, and the only foreign policy experience some of them may have is a week in Cancún on spring break, has led to disaster.
We may, or may not have to revisit Afghanistan. I don’t take any satisfaction in the fact that when push came to shove that the Joint Chiefs of Staff found that their Woke platitudes were not enough to influence President Biden’s decision to abandon Bagram.
My simple suggestion is that they all spend more time studying history. My suggestion to voters is to vote for policy and ignore personality.Published in