Monday, August 16, 2021


To the surprise of no one except the entire Biden administration, our alleged intelligence agencies, our wokest-ever military, and the mainstream media, Afghanistan has quickly been taken over by the Taliban while remaining Americans and betrayed allies scramble for survival and escape.

This is a devastating military disaster which will likely be viewed historically as the event which marked the end of America as a credible world superpower.

Not that this was difficult to see coming, especially with Clueless Joe as a figurehead for foreign policy decisions being made by the resurrected (from Hell) Obama administration.

So with no pleasure at all, we're presenting some posts from the vault to remind people that this disaster was long in the making and that current attempts to blame Trump are not only disingenuous but disgusting.

(DEC 1, 2009)

Tonight, the president will make a speech from West Point in which he reveals his (not very) top secret new strategy for Afghanistan: sending 30,000 additional troops while sulking about it, and promising Al Qaeda and the Taliban that we'll pull all of our troops out again as soon as humanly possible. 

The president is hoping that committing troops will be seen as actual commitment...but unfortunately, he isn't fooling anyone except his former far-left supporters like Michael Moore, who are accusing Obama of becoming a bloodsucking, imperialist warmonger who will break the hearts of young, idealistic voters and discourage them from ever returning to the polls. One can only hope...

(November 21, 2010)


Not long ago, Barack Obama informed the world that the United States was embracing a new humility, because "there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."

Which is why the Whitehouse must be groaning over Joe Biden's arrogant, dismissive, and derisive comment on the Larry King show that "Daddy is going to start taking the training wheels off" in the Afghan war, so the locals had "better practice riding." Yep, there's nothing patronizing about a statement like that! 

Or a statement like "Daddy is going to spank you like the bad, bad girl you've been," which Biden didn't actually say aloud but which he may have been thinking...if we assume that he actually was thinking. Which we frequently don't. Of course, apart from Biden's statement being patently offensive to our allies, it's also a bit outdated; because when it comes to this administration, the wheels fell off their foreign policy a long time ago.

(December 3, 2009)

After thinking longer and more slowly than Rodin's statue of the same name, Barack Obama finally decided that the best way to handle the war in Afghanistan is to reluctantly commit more troops...but only for 18 months, after which we'll get the hell out of Dodge

Of course, this strategy will only work if the Taliban and Al Qaeda don't know we're going to give up in July of 2011. So please, help keep the president's big secret and don't tell the bad guys!

(December 5, 2010)

Barack Hussein Obama unexpectedly flew to Afghanistan this week for three reasons: to raise the morale of American troops, to be photographed wearing a masculinity-enhancing flight jacket, and - most importantly - to give him a chance to say "Tollybon." Tollybon, tollybon, tollybon! 

There are some sounds which have almost unbelievable power to shred nerves and annoy. Fingernails on a chalkboard. The cries of a baby in a movie theater. President Bush saying "nook-you-ler." But topping the list, for us anyway, is Mr. Obama's aggressively nuanced styling of the word "Taliban." When he says "Tollybon," the word is clipped and distinct, vowels are reshaped, and the sound is redolent with exotic spices from the Far if to deliberately remind us that the president deserves special credibility because he was raised in a Muslim culture in Indonesia.

He spits the word out like an insult to plainspoken, unworldly Americans who lack his multi-cultural roots. And with that one word, Barack Obama reminds us that the conversation is really, and always, about him. Not the troops. Not the war. Not our country. Not even, truly, about the Taliban - even when speaking to the American men and women whose lives are on the line in a distant land.

(August 18, 2014)

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Last Thursday, 2-star Major General Harold Greene, the highest ranking officer to be killed in Afghanistan, was buried at Arlington Cemetery.

Notice that we say "buried" and not "Barryed" - because the president didn't bother to attend the funeral and instead went golfing.

Of course, the vacationing president made a point of sending veep Joe Biden and...wait. What's that? Oh, we stand corrected. Obama didn't bother to send Biden either.

But he did send a remarkably clear message to members of our military: your lives, service, and deaths deserve only a 99¢ condolence card signed by the presidential auto-pen.



M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Afganistan has long been known as "The graveyard of empires". So far, between Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the USA, they're batting 1,000. :P

Rod said...

IMO this sad event in history will not really be concluded until worms are eating a few key leaders over here. And our misuse, injuries to and loss of many good people who had to become involved is a damned shame.

Jess said...

It could be worse. Biden could have soiled his pants on live television....then again, he might already have.

Fish Out of Water said...

Of course it's all Trump's fault. Its Trump's fault one of my molar caps had to be redone , not to mention Original Sin committed by Adam and Eve. Wasn't that taught in school?

Your disgust and anger at the juveniles who were voted in, trying now to pin this disaster on Trump, resonates deeply here. Its is as old a trick as Big Brother, in Orwell's 1984 blaming all on Emmanuel Goldstein. These juveniles own this disaster and the coming horrors to be inflicted on the Afghan people.. As a side note, the scumbag democrat candidate for the governorship of Va, has consistently run ads tying the Republican candidate to Goldstein, er, Trump.

My disgust and anger is from the democrats, as they did to the South Vietnamese decades ago, utterly betraying another people and a country again.

I understand a Republican MoC from NJ (now that must be a rare bird) has demanded the Obama sock puppet president and his second in command hoe, show some character and resign over this. That, and calls for impeachment are about as likely to happen as me buying and then eating a cauliflower crust pizza.

If ever there is a reason to put the adults back in charge of our government in 2022 and 2024, this craven disgrace is it.

Jay Dee said...

I see the US Embassy in Kabul posted a job opening for a Public Engagement Assistant on the 12th.

Fish Out of Water said...

Saw that too. Sadly laughable isn't it?

Snark said...

There was no good way to get out of that quagmire, so the * administration chose the absolutely worst possible way. Leave it to Gropey Joe and the Ho to be a shining example of the worst you can be. He learned too well from Obozo.

FlyBoy said...

Not to worry, the LGTBQSTFU+ agenda is on solid footing thanks to events like flying the rainbow flag from the U.S. embassy in Kabul back in June. I’m willing to bet that Obarry is laughing his half-black ass off over 46* looking like a chump on the international stage, making Barry’s term as president seem not so bad…

Remember when Dick Cheney so astutely said “Our enemies no longer fear us, and our allies no longer trust us “? That is more true than ever today.

Bobo the Hobo said...

Just a friendly reminder: Grandpa Puddingcup was veep during Benghazi.

Bill the Cat said...

Although bad decisions were expected with this administration, this one is far worse than expected. The level of incompetence during this extraction is breathtaking.

American Cowboy said...

To quote one knowledgeable Lt. Colonel, "you kill them, you kill their families, you kill their friends and you kill their goats."

It's a good thing that at least once in history someone had the backbone enough to take that approach to battle. How many more would have died in the long term had not an atomic bomb been dropped on August 06, 1945 and then a second one three days later?

How much wasted money, resources, and lives lost could have been prevented if that Lt. Colonel's words had been followed against the Taliban?

donpaul53 said...

And you left Hillary out!!

Roger Myers said...

I suppose we could blame Biden for this mess but this is Obama's 3rd term. Clueless Joe doesn't even know where he is.

TrickyRicky said...

We should have never invaded Afghanistan. As noted above, it is the graveyard of empires. A small contingent of special forces hunting Bin Laden to his extinction was what the doctor should have ordered. Looking at you Bush and associated neocons. When Bin Laden and his minions were holed up in Tora Bora, a lavish helping of 5-10 MOABs would have been the appropriate end to the saga.

Biden and his creepy clown show of amateur freaks and commies could not have screwed the pooch more thoroughly. They abrogated the May 1 departure negotiated by DJT and absolutely own this horrible debacle.

Mike Spann....say his name!

John D. Egbert said...

@American Cowboy: Operation Olympic, the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands, was planned for November 1945. Conservative estimates predicted more than 1,000,000 American casualties and the virtual extermination of the Japanese people. And some idiots bewail use of the bombs . . .

Redleger said...

TrickyRicky is absolutely correct. Bush Jr. owns everything about the US involvement in Afghanistan. I knew it was a bad decision then and anyone who's read any history at all knew how it would end.

Americans are so nieve. They believe all the other countries in the world want to be just like us. The fact is they don't. Some want to live in loin cloths, some want their women to keep the house, some want to live with out running water.

No Afghanistan was the Vietnam of today with no chance of an American vision for success.

Using special forces to hunt Bin Laden and then maybe sending the Corps of Engineers into Kabul and "asking" if they wanted help fixing their infrastructure were about the only things that could have been done successfully. Everything else was doomed to failure from "Day 1".

Fish Out of Water said...

@John D. Egbert & American Cowboy: Yes, another history anniversary to mark.

I should save this for a time when it has to be explained to some clueless Zinn-inflected  Millennial , etc., why the atomic weapons needed to be used.
First, despite the horrendous military and civilian losses up to those two days in August, Japan still hoped that by fighting to the last man and inflicting heavy casualties on Allied forces, it could get a negotiated settlement. Indeed this was the premise behind the Pearl Harbor attack, which failed because a.) none of our aircraft carriers were in port at the time and, b.) The lack of flexibility on the part of the Japanese when "Plan A' falls apart. Had the Japanese ignored the ships and focused on the base itself, the Pacific War may have had a very, very different outcome.
Now as a personal note.  My late father was a Marine radar operator on Tinian until Iwo Jima fell and according to him, spent the rest of the war guarding POWs and hauling ordinance  from the ammunition dumps to the bombers.  Now I have never served in any branch of the military, but I have been told many times that in the Marines, one may be a cook, a clerk, in the quartermaster's branch, but one is first and last a rifleman. So its not inconceivable my late father might have been given the order to grab a M1 and get in a landing barge for the Japanese landing beaches, and how that might have affected his survivability, well..  The bomb may have saved my father's life
Then there's my late father in law, who was a NCO in the Imperial Japanese Army.  He had first seen battle in the Nomohan incident, where the Soviets mauled the Japanese army and was severely wounded. After convalescence , he was put on a troop ship to somewhere in the South Pacific, but the U.S. Navy saw to it the troop ship never made it to its destination. He spent 4 days on the open sea before being picked up.  Sent to convalesce again, this time in Hiroshima, he was discharged the day before.  Now had the war continued, again given Japanese casualty rates of near 100%,  his survival chances would not have been encouraging. The bomb ensured he would not have to fight further
My mother-in law, whose primary education had been stopped and she was put to work at a nearby naval arsenal making weapons, was being trained like other civilians to charge with sharpened bamboo staves into what would have been automatic weapons fire, artillery and perhaps even naval gunfire.  Madness. Again the bomb kept that from happening.

Fish Out of Water said...


The bomb also saved much of Japan's cultural heritage that many take for granted.  Had the bombs not forced surrender, the conventional bombing would have continued and through sheer inertia, Japan's ancient cultural heritage would have probably been targeted.
In the Imperial Rescript on surrender, mention is made that continuing the war would result in the destruction of the Japanese people.  Not a well-known fact but there was the infamous "Kill All' order from the militarists which stated in the event of an Allied landing on the home islands, all Allied POWs were to be immediately executed.  Had this happened and it would have come to light, the retribution the Japanese people would have faced would have been terrible.  The bomb stopped that from happening.
Then there were the Soviets.  With a backstab invasion shortly before the bombs were dropped, they captured some of Japan's northernmost processions (which BTW they still hold onto).  because Soviet participation was minimal  MacArthur kept the Soviets out of Japan's occupation. However had the war continued, and the Soviet had more 'blood' in the game, they could have wound up controlling  a zone perhaps 100 miles or so north of Tokyo all the way north. This would have been a post-war disaster as the Soviets would have had at their disposal several warm- water ports and unfettered access to the Pacific. Again the bomb kept that from happening.
Last, I  mentioned earlier the militarists continued to fight on even though many, especially in the Imperial Navy, understood the war was lost. A reason why can be explained by national character.  Japan at the time and still is somewhat today a nation and society which does not encourage individual initiative.  No one wanted to stand up to say 'this must end' until the Showa emperor (Hirohito) took the extraordinary step after the atomic bombs feel to say, 'this must end'.   

Fred Ciampi said...

Buck Fiden is the most incompetent human to ever sit behind the Resolute desk. And I'm being nice because I don't want the black SUVs to come up my driveway. I look forward to the day when approximately 73,922,153 {approximately) angry patriots rise up and make them, from biden to pewlouse and about 500 others disappear. We can't just shoot them and bury them for that will leave a monument for future snowflakes. Put their carcasses on a barge and feed them to the sharks. There, I think I have expressed how I feel in a nice way.

Murphy(AZ) said...

NOTE: If the following seems to be a copy of a post on the KNOWLEGE IS POWER SITE, it is. I wrote that comment, and I'm too damn lazy to re-type it here.

Re: the recent photo of President * at his “briefing” at Camp David over the weekend.

Even if it were a “tele-conference” with all his advisors on the screens in front of him, have you EVER seen a presidential conference where there weren’t a roomful of aides, assistants, other advisors, etc., in the room with him, listening in, taking notes, shuffling papers, etc.?

Was it REALLY just Hidin’ Biden and the photographer?


Shelly said...

I'm just at a loss to understand why the USA and the other countries who have invaded Afghanistan are so concerned about this little hellhole that still lives in the 7th century. Is it the lucrative opium trade? That's about all they have to offer. Oh and oil, of course, but we have plenty of that here if we were allowed by the insufferable millennials running the country now to use it. We could turn that whole country into green glass with a few strategic nukes. The truth is closer that we have been feeding the giant military industrial complex that Ike warned about so long ago. A lot of people make a ton of money off military adventures like Afghanistan.

Fish Out of Water said...

@ Fred Ciampi "Buck Fiden is the most incompetent human to ever sit behind the Resolute desk."

I don't know about that. LBJ and the second worst electoral post-war mistake are definitely in the running to for that "honor".

Alfonso Bedoya said...

Biden is absolutely NUTS. Interesting that he has been letting a few million Mexicans and Central Americans flow over the border, with no such paperwork required, yet he demands that people who are terrified and in fear for their lives fill out a "Repatriation Assistance Request" or "shelter in place." The man is far more destructive than anyone ever imagined. The blood of those who will be found, then tortured and beheaded by the the Taliban terrorists will be on Biden's hands, yet Trump will be blamed.

WH spokesman Jen Psaki, Biden's chief apologist, of course is nowhere to be found. The dingbat should resign and take up a job cleaning toilets at the Council for Islamic Relations. And....the State Department's spokesman Ned Price had the gall to label the evacuation a "reduction in the size of our civilian footprint." As usual, there will be no indictments for those responsible in our government for the mess, no impeachment for Biden, and no apologies from the DemoRATS, who have become the top experts in psychobabble and just plain lies.

Fish Out of Water said...

The Obama sock puppet president is supposed to address the nation about this debacle of his won making in approx. 40 minutes from now.

If he had any shred of self respect and courage, he'd shoulder the blame and perhaps step down (?). But I personally am not going to hold my breath that will happen. Most likely his address will be about deflection, blame shifting and that his administration and party of political juveniles is still keeping America strong and respected.

American (Pissed off) Cowboy said...

As if the biden bull--it isn't bad enough here is another little bit of "joyful" news from the current dumbf--k regime.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby confirmed plans to receive refugees. "We want to have the capacity to get up to several thousand immediately, and want to be prepared for the potential of tens of thousands," Kirby said. Kirby also indicated that American citizens will not be given priority over Afghan refugees in the evacuation from Kabul.

Can someone explain why AMERICAN citizens are getting shoved to the back of
the bus. . .AGAIN? Do the leftist democrats really HATE this country THAT much?

Murphy(AZ) said...

^Shelly and those thinking we were in Afghanistan for oil:

According to, the entire country of Afghanistan produced ZERO barrels of oil (2018 figures.)

JustaJeepGuy said...

The country formerly known as Afghanistan produces two things: terrorists and heroin. The head terrorist of the Taliban has apparently stated that he spent 8 years in GITMO. Guess who let him out: that's right, Barack Hussein. Mr. My-birthday-party-was-a-superspreader-event-but-you'll-never-see-that-on-the-news shadow "president". If anyone doubts that Barack Hussein's whole life has been dedicated to the destruction of America, you're a booger-eatin' moron.

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Forwarded without comment.

Written in Taliban:

The first time I saw you was in the Khyber pass. You came with your technology, elite fighters fueled by revenge, and the hubris to believe you could disprove history.
This was a war that you didn’t have the stomach to fight. But I’m glad you tried.

We bled you the same way we bled the Soviets in our Holy Land. We bled you the same way the Vietnamese bled you in their home land. We did it patiently and deliberately.
Patience. Something Westerners never learn.

Our history is millennial. We don’t yearn for an early victory when the Infidel ravages our Holy Land.

Our victory is celebrated decades from now. We’ve endured, then ravaged every standing military that crossed our borders. Why? How? We’re patient.
In 30 days, we’ll be stronger, richer, and have control over precious natural resources that you need for your pathetic life that’s dictated by comfort. We will have women, riches, land, guns, and ownership of one of the greatest chapters in military history.

You lose.


M. Mitchell Marmel said...

If you want to try again, we welcome the challenge. You will fail regardless of how much money you burn in our deserts. For pity, here is free advice that may contribute to your future success; should you ever decide to invade again.

You recruit your warriors and supporters from a drug addicted, distracted, disillusioned population that’s obsessed with comfort and entertainment. A population obsessed with altering their mundane reality. Alcohol, marijuana, pills, and our new favorite -- Tide Pods. Every time your doctors prescribe opiate painkillers, you line our coffers with gold. Your population’s thirst for our pristine heroin has never been more lucrative for our warrior tribes. We will keep feeding you poison for as long as you keep your hands out.

If your population wasn’t so spineless, undisciplined, and self loathing, then you might be able to compile a raiding party with enough tenacity to outthink ours.

Our fighters are born into war. Raised in it. It’s a way of life that evades your “first world” nations. They live a life of such immense misery and pain that they’re willing to fight barefoot in the snow for the opportunity to martyr themselves. They yearn for the opportunity to die. When they do have the blessed opportunity to sacrifice themselves, they sit above Mohammed at the right hand of God. Blessed in Allah for eternity.

What honors do your fighters receive? Their empty sacrifice is remembered in the form of a “three day weekend.” The majority of your population uses this sacred time to get drunk and grow more fat as a way to celebrate their fallen warriors. Sadly, we pay tribute to their death more honorably.


M. Mitchell Marmel said...

The colored pieces of cloth you pin on their chests are similar to the jewelry worn by our women. What good are accolades and vanity if you don’t have the stomach to endure a fight? We don’t offer the burden of healthcare to our fighters as they often want to die for Allah. Your fighters fight to live. Their inability to reconcile the inevitable outcome of our patience leads them to kill themselves. Your medications, counselors and non-profits will never undo the pain and suffering you’ve forced them to endure. It will never remove the pain we’ve caused your broken nation. You are your own worst enemy.

We will give your fighters credit. Some are creative, tenacious, and fierce. They outgun us in every way possible. But again, we simply wait them out. Allah is patient. You cycle them through our Holy Lands every 3 to 12 months for their combat rotations. After their tour is complete, they return to the comfort of their warm beds and endless entertainment. If you left them here, in our Holy Land, with no way out but to win, then you might of have had a chance of success. The longer you poisoned our Holy Land with your presence, your “rules of engagement” only strengthened our position. There is only one rule in war - that is to win.

Your commanders made you fight with your hands tied behind your back. Your rules also confused our fighters too. “We’re clearly the enemy, why are they letting us go?” Thank you for your compassion as it allowed our fighters to kill more Infidels. We began to feel as if your commanders were on our side.

We’re thankful your most vicious dogs were never allowed off their leash.

Your showcase Generals make us laugh. You spend millions of dollars flying them around our country inventing new ways to win, while ignoring the guidance of our most capable foes. Your Generals make decisions to minimize risk to their fragile reputation with the ultimate goal of securing a lucrative retirement--jobs with suppliers that fuel your losing force. A self-serving circle that’s built on the backs of your youngest and most naive fighters.


M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Your retired Generals “earn” tens of thousands of dollars talking to your political, industrial, and financial leaders about “teams, winning, and discipline.” It’s a mockery of the war they refused to fight. It’s a mockery of the Infidel warriors who died in our lands. We urge you to continue following their vacuumous personalities so we can further watch your once great nation collapse.

Your statesman and elected officials are spineless, narcissistic, and more cowardly than your Generals. They crave power over you above all else. They come to our country, hide behind blast walls, and only heed the word of the indiginous leader they put in power. I believe your soldiers call this a “self licking ice cream cone.”

They’ve burned billions of dollars in a wasted effort to bring clean water, electricity, business, education, agriculture, and exports to a region that didn’t ask for it. You should have saved yourself the effort and simply given the money directly to us. Don’t worry, your diplomatic friends gave us plenty of your American tax dollars. If you want to give it another shot with your “soft power,” send those with real experience, not fancy degrees and silver tongues.

Over the next few months, we will make the world understand that you failed worse than any fighting force that’s ever invaded our lands. Today we celebrate victory.

As you evacuate your embassy, our fighters will be standing in the shade. We thank you for the parting gifts. You’ll find surface-to-air missiles staged in the back of Toyota pickup trucks that you purchased for us. Our marksmen will be patient.

We saw what Extortion 17 did to your nation and the morale of your fighting force. Do your citizens even remember that victory? We’ll be repeating and improving upon our victory while your citizens and sympathizers evacuate in disgrace. Every one of your foes around the world will know exactly how to break you.

You are welcome to fly your empty drones, target our cell phones, and send your spies. But they, too, will ultimately fail. We’ll use their failures to show the world that you’re not all-powerful. You’re a false front. An empty shell. You lie, cheat, steal, and are easily defeated because you lack the spine to fight.

This is your history now. We’re grateful Allah gave us the opportunity to show the world how to defeat the Infidels.

We look forward to seeing you again across the battlefield.

Praise be to God,

The Taliban

***Authors’ Note***

If you’ve read this far. Thank you. I’ve spent the past week trying to find a way to communicate this to the American people in a manner that would cause anger, rage, action, and understanding. Writing in the voice of a Taliban felt right.

If this made you angry, cry, or contemplative--then our goal is achieved. Our hope is that it inspires you to take action with your elected officials. They’ve been repeating the same failing playbook since World War II with your sons, daughters, and tax dollars. If you want this to keep happening, do nothing. If you don’t, then do something. If we all do a little, together we do a lot.

About the Authors:

Matthew Griffin is a 2001 United States Military Academy Graduate, Army Ranger, Combat Veteran with the 75th Ranger Regiment (3x Afghanistan, 1x Iraq), CEO of Combat Flip Flops, author, and 2019 Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Global Leadership Institute.

Scott Chapman is a 2000 Murray State University Graduate, Army Ranger Fire Team Leader from Alpha Company 2/75th Rangers (‘01 - ‘05), OGA Blackwater Alumni, entrepreneur, and author. Combat Veteran ( 21x Afghanistan, 1x Iraq)

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

I'm using "What's My Line" episodes (1950-67) on YouTube as background noise. Ironically enow, as I entered the above, the episode from September 21, 1958 was running...

Two of the contestants were part of a committee raising funds for a then cash-starved Democratic Party.

Would that they would have failed and the Democrats collapse for lack of funds back then.

We'd be far better off.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- Way, way too much here for me to comment on individually, but I'm grateful that we have this smart and pissed-off community. It sounds like those in a position to advise Biden pretty much unanimously told him not to do exactly what he did. Of course, I don't believe Biden is actually making decisions (even if he thinks he is) so other games are afoot. The debacle in Afghanistan is something our shadow government wants us to see and be demoralized by. And no, I don't like using terms like "shadow government," but there are only so many decades I can resist going there.

I think it's possible that the string-pullers wanted this to be such an embarrassment that Americans would lose their taste for funding/supporting the military. A military which might be "inconvenient" as the rapid efforts to turn us into a Marxist nation are implemented. Or maybe I'm full of crap - it's awfully hard to know anymore.

John the Econ said...

I leave the grid for a few days, and look what happens. When I left last week, the most well-funded and sophisticated intelligence establishment in history told us that Kabul had at least 90 days to fortify against the Taliban. Turns out it wasn't even 90 hours. We're now watching a collapse that makes the fall of Saigon look orderly.

At least now that the Taliban owns even more of Afghanistan that it did when we invaded nearly 20 years ago, the US military and intelligence establishment can turn its full attention to the real threats to civilization: CO2, white supremacists, the patriarchy, and transitioning servicemen to reduce the number of balls that still remain in our armed forces.

You're right, @Stilton. This sad event may go down in history as the point where China officially supplants the US as the dominant power. It saddens me greatly to have lived to see it.

I don't understand how any of this can be laid upon Trump. The Afghanistan cluster began on day-1, where we failed to comprehend the lessons of both Vietnam & the Russian experience in what has historically been an untameable land where the "Just add democracy and stir" approach of nationbulding was never going to work. There is a reason that these backwards places are traditionally ruled under iron thumbs and there was no way that our western sensibilities would permit us to do what it would have taken to turn Afghanistan into a western-style democracy.

As for what Biden's handlers are thinking, who knows. My guess is that they consider Afghanistan an unnecessary distraction from their other goals, and so they're ripping off the band aid and expect that in a month or so the media will forget about it and move on to more narrative friendly issues while purposely ignoring the human rights disaster they've left in their wake.

Anonymous said...

"Game Over."

Oh, if only that were true.

Fish Out of Water said...

@Jon: If the scenario you've outlined is indeed the case, then it is incumbent this craven betrayal not be allowed to fall out of the news cycle and become just another news story.

Bobo the Hobo said...

@MMM, I sent your eloquent comments to everyone I could think of, thank you for posting this!

The events of this week proves anyone - and I mean anyone who voted for Biden has blood on their hands.

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

@Bobo, you're quite welcome. Normally, I'd say "my pleasure," but, well.

JustaJeepGuy said...

One thing I find interesting about the Taliban is that so many of them are NOT from Afghanistan. They've been joining from all over the place for years. I think the actual Afghans don't want to be controlled by the Taliban, but they aren't as dedicated to the cruelty and inhumanity as the Talib. The worst monsters of the Muslim world have been gathering for their chance to show how bloodthirsty they can be since the Russians invaded in '79.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever think that the whole point of Biden and his globalist cronies is to make the USA and the West weak and the CCP strong? Follow the money.

Gee M said...

Fred Ciampi
That WAS nice...

Michael Riles said...


Civics lesson---who becomes President of the United States if the President and the Vice President are removed from office before their 4 years are up?


Pelosi - Speaker of the House. That happens then they will make MEGA BUCKS with
“pay per view.” If you think Biden/Harris are whack-jobs, just wait till we see Ms.
"I'm ready for my close up Mr. Demill" running the show.

Newsflash: Dr. Marc Siegel uncovered the story of the McAllen Hospital in Texas that
is overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. But the majority of their patients aren’t locals, they are migrants who just crossed the border.

Tune then: I saddled up and away I did go, riding alone in the dark. .
Tune now: We sneak in, to get Biden's perks, so what if we have COVID YOUUUU GRINGOOOOO JERKS!”


You'll never get a national politician -- D or R -- to bluntly indict America as a "racist country." But worth acknowledging the mainstream Dem position here is completely nonsensical. "We are not a racist country but founded on a racist practice that
produced a racist system"


We were founded on wanting to tell the Brits "we can wipe out own ass thank you". If the hard left wants to continue their shit about a racist DNA molecule then they need to go to Germany/Japan, look a 5 year old in the eye & say "do U know how many people U enslaved and killed"?

Way back: Poland – 1939
Later: Korea/Yalu River -1950
After that: TET/Vietnam 1968
Then: Saigon/1975
Now: Kabul/2021

Tune then: If U want it, here it is, come and get it. But you better hurry cause it's
going fast.
Tune now: If they want it, Wahhabism, let them have it, if they won't shoot a gun to keep their head.

To the tune If You Want It sung by Bad Finger

If they want it,
I say,
let them have it.
God knows they had plenty of our guns.

They want it,
and they're fine,
with severed heads,
If they won't shoot knuckle-draggers

It seems to be a lesson in futility,
when the US wants to help
the world's

So I say,
to the cavemen.
Because their crap world it will
NO their crap world it will

Tune then: I didn't raise my son to be a soldier.
Tune now: I didn't raise son or daughter to be----MERCENARIES.

Then: Come out, come out wherever you are. Boomer game jingle
Now: Come out, come out wherever you are? Taliban with blades