Well, it looks like Biden has screwed up big time in Afghanistan–after just 8 months.
And Trump set the stage for four years.
Obama had 8 years to solve the problem and he failed miserably.
And of course, Bush started the whole mess with 7 years of bad policy from the very beginning. He should never have abandoned the search for Bin Ladin
and switched to a pointless geopolitical exercise in Iraq.
There’s going to be a lot of finger-pointing over the next few years, but there’s plenty of blame to go around. We can’t blame either party or any administration for this one. This has been a real bipartisan fuck-up.
We haven’t got much choice but to get out now and cut our losses. What are we going to do now,
go back and defeat the Taliban? Even if we did, are we going to stick around another 20 years, supporting the corrupt government
in Kabul? Remember, 4 administrations have been arming, training and supporting that regime for 20 years now at an immense cost
in money and American lives. And the splendidly equipped and trained 300,000 man Afghani armed forces we built up and installed over that time folded up and unraveled in less than a year on their own, fighting 30,000 ignorant tribesmen with no armor, no air force, no support contractors and no computers. This is the same Taliban the Northern Alliance was at the point of defeating 20 years ago.
Too bad about the Afghani people, especially their women. They have been betrayed by our stupidity and ineptness, the greed of their own leaders, their religious divisions and ethnic hatreds and the medieval superstitions of their ridiculous religion. What is going to happen there now will be to our shame, forever.
For what its worth, we’re just learning a lesson the Soviets learned in the 20th century, and the British in the 19th. And we’ve seen this movie before, too. The superpowers of this world not only do not learn from their own mistakes, they don’t seem to learn much from each other’s mistakes, either.