Biden Wants to End the War in Afghanistan
Remember when Trump would talk about ending the wars in the Middle East during his rallies? It was a great applause line. But, of course, no wars were ever ended because Trump’s decisions always depended on the last person he talked to. So when he would discuss ending the wars with his military advisors, they would always talk him out of it.
Biden, on the other hand, is not so manipulable. He has given it a lot of thought. Unlike Trump who has no thoughts beyond a stolen election and who voted to impeach or convict him.
No amount of military suasion is going to change Biden’s mind. Except maybe if the Taliban suddenly developed nuclear capabilities. Then Biden might reconsider his decision.
Trump must be livid about this decision because he wants credit for ending the Afghan war. Like he wanted credit for development of the COVID-19 vaccines. He hated it when Biden got credit for actually getting the vaccines into people’s arms.
Trump wanted credit because of his hilariously named Operation Warp Speed. What he doesn’t want credit for is the $10 billion (that’s billion with a “b”) that he took from hospitals struggling to care for COVID patients and gave to the pharmaceutical companies to develop the vaccine.
You know, the pharmaceutical companies that benefited from his tax cuts to the tune of $7 billion in tax savings and rebates. That’s on top of their obscene profits generated by price gouging sick people.
Sorry, the fact that pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies are allowed to profit off of human suffering infuriates me.
Back to the war in Afghanistan.
Also guaranteed to anger Trump is the date that Biden chose to end the war — September 11, the anniversary of the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the US.
Trump’s latest date to end the war was May 1, 2021 per the agreement his administration negotiated with the Taliban. I bet he is raging that he didn’t think of doing it on September 11. Or rather that someone didn’t think of it for him because he is not smart enough to come up with an idea like that.
While he was at it, Biden managed to skewer another Republican president with his reason to end the war — mission accomplished. Where have we heard that before? I’ll give you a hint. He stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier in front of huge banner that proclaimed “Mission Accomplished.”
You got it! George W. Bush who started the war in Afghanistan. Yes, I know that Bush’s speech proclaiming mission accomplished was referring to the war in Iraq, but I’m sure that Biden had it in mind when he was making his announcement. Along with the location of his announcement in the room where Bush announced the start of the Afghan war.
Zinging two presidents with one announcement. Biden’s got game.
Now here’s the difference between Bushie and Trump.
“Bushie” is Laura Bush’s affectionate nickname for her husband. Can you imagine Melania calling her husband “Trumpie?”
I can’t either.
The difference between Bushie and Trumpie (sorry, couldn’t resist) is that Biden actually discussed his decision to end the war with Bush before announcing it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine Biden doing the same with Trump.
Of course the rest of the Republican Party is howling in dismay over Biden’s decision to end the war. They want conditions attached to the troop withdrawal. They want residual forces left behind to enforce the conditions. Joni Ernst even criticized the choice of date.
None of it is meaningful. Biden is right. We accomplished our goal long ago. Bin Laden is dead. Al-Qaeda is no longer a threat to us. The ongoing war between the Taliban and the Afghan government never had anything to do with us. They were fighting before we got there and they will be fighting long after we leave.
There’s a good reason why Afghanistan is known as the Graveyard of Empires. No one since Alexander the Great has been able to conquer the region. We couldn’t. The Russians spent a decade (1979–1989) fighting anti-communist Muslim guerrillas there and ended up slinking away with their tails between their legs.
If you want to hear some really horrific tales of fighting in Afghanistan, talk to the British about the two wars they fought there in the 19th century.
Fighting in Afghanistan for the past 20 years has been a lot like the Viet Nam war. High tech versus low tech and low tech won because high tech got sick of losing so many soldiers.
You would think with our history of fighting and defeating a superior military force in our own Revolutionary War, that we would know that you can’t defeat people who are fighting to defend their country. It doesn’t matter how superior your military is, it will always lose in the end to determined citizens.
Here’s hoping that Biden will remain firm and actually withdraw all of our troops by his promised date.
Stay strong, Joe. From now until September 11, every American death in Afghanistan, especially after May 1, will be blamed on you.