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The Truth About Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Biden Deserves Blame…

There are those screeching now that “we shouldn’t have been there,” and there are those demanding we go back in with guns blazing. I must admit that while I am disgusted with the way we’ve withdrawn, I believe we needed to have withdrawn years ago. Remembering how we wound up in that Hell-hole, it’s worth noting that we went to Afghanistan to impose a reckoning on those who attacked us on 9/11, and also those who sheltered and supported the terrorists.  I don’t think we should have been there beyond the end of the Bush presidency, but then again, I don’t think it should have taken us more than a decade to find Osama bin Laden.  The problem with the entire expedition is that not long after arriving there, it seems we lost focus on our purpose there.  We should have been there for a singular purpose: To locate and destroy the guilty; to abolish their ability to make war upon any nation; to enact justice in a dangerous, sometime monstrous world.  Instead, we deluded ourselves into the belief that we could teach the peoples of Afghanistan “democracy,” for all the good that might do them, when they had not even the basic-most understanding of the concept of rights.  The truth about Afghanistan is a nasty story, and one from which most Americans will too quickly and easily avert their eyes.  We went astray in largest measure because we, the people, permitted this to happen by ceding oversight of our government to our alleged betters in Washington DC. This must be the most important lesson of our age, and it’s one that too many people too easily dismiss.  Yes, Biden’s actions were abominable, and certainly, he and all who helped him plan this should be removed from their posts, but we must measure our roles in it too.  Our apathy has played its own terrible role.

It’s easy to blame politicians. Often, they earn the blame by their foolish ideas and frequently reckless implementations of them. Men like Joe Biden, or the monsters directing him, have no business making decisions about the conduct of this nation’s military affairs. Momentarily ignoring Biden’s peculiar personal shortcomings, such as his clearly advancing dementia, the truth is that Biden’s never done a single thing the right way, never mind doing the right thing from the outset.  He’s always chosen incorrectly, from his time as a junior Senator from Delaware, foisting his notions of segregation on the country, to his decisions later as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, overseeing the show-trial and “high-tech lynching” of Clarence Thomas. Later still, as Vice President, he used his office to pile-up cash from all sorts of nefarious sources, and by illegitimate means. He should never have been the nominee for President, nor any other office of trust under our constitution. He shouldn’t have been permitted to put a lid on his campaign for months on end in the midst of a presidential campaign.  He should never have been permitted to steal an election, or having stolen it, to be permitted to enter the office. In this sense, it is our fault too, because while most of the readers of this site will have voted against the brain-addled charlatan, we were also the people who let the fraudulent secretaries of state be seated in places like Georgia and Arizona without serious inspection of their qualifications or their intentions. In too many ways, we’ve let ourselves be led, rather than choosing the course of our nation.

Donald Trump also wanted to get out of Afghanistan, but clearly, his approach was quite different, the Biden administration’s claims to the contrary notwithstanding. He made clear to the Taliban quite some time ago that if they violated their agreements, and that if they harmed any American, he would descend on them like Hell itself had landed.  The Taliban, after one early attempt to cross him, were taught a difficult lesson. After the election was stolen, and Trump was no longer in office, Joe Biden immediately began the effort to change everything Trump had done. Among these things, the Taliban had agreed to certain timelines with Trump, and Biden ignored it all.  He (or those handling him) was determined to wreck the place.  Nothing he said in his scripted, unquestioned statement to the press on Monday was true.  None of it. He postured about the “buck” stopping with him, but in his statement, he criticized his predecessor as though Donald Trump had somehow been able, from his home in Mar-a-lago to impose his own will on the conduct of the situation in Afghanistan.  Preposterous?  Of course, but nobody in the mainstream media will seriously challenge his assertions.  On Wednesday, he has an “exclusive interview” with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, but no serious person believes he’ll be pressed for any answers on anything important, including particularly his lies.

Biden told us the Afghanis were unwilling to fight. Let’s be clear: The Afghani army fought like Hell these last several years. They lost thousands upon thousands of men fighting against the Taliban.  Biden pulled the rug from beneath them, however, removing all air support, all intelligence, and even the contractors who helped them maintain their equipment, vehicles, and aircraft. It’s one thing to say that an Army won’t fight, but it’s another to remove instantly from them all the infrastructure on which they depended for the fight you expect them to carry out. There was no serious provision for how to get our own people out, never mind the Afghanis who had worked with us, and even now, the Taliban has ringed the Kabul airport to prevent any further Afghanis from making it onto the airport.  They intend to clean up thoroughly once the Americans and the world’s media have finally departed, and by clean-up, I mean a slaughter.

I know most people wanted us to end our two-decades-long engagement in Afghanistan. I can’t help but agree, but I don’t know any of the people who feel this way who think this was carried out in anything like a sensible, honorable fashion.  I know of veterans who, even at this moment, are trying to figure out how they can help the people of Afghanistan, and some ten to forty thousands of Americans still stuck behind enemy lines.  Biden’s people briefed the press and said that no, indeed, Americans weren’t being prioritized for evacuation, and they said it seemingly with glee.  Then today, they reversed themselves on the “prioritization” question, seemingly, at least momentarily, although nobody really knows what they’re doing.  They answered succinctly that no plan had been made on how to deprive materials and weapons left behind to the Taliban, and indeed they are aware that any number of such things, up to and including aircraft, have been left to the loving care of the seventh-century monsters now swarming Kabul.

As easy as it may be to see that Biden has snatched defeat out of the jaws of a restless, difficult neutralization of the conflict, it’s also clear that our expectations were forged during a presidency in which the chief executive routinely got things right. Trump was a species of big cat, while Biden is a much more common brand of goat. Trump was the apex predator to Washington DC’s herds of flighty prey animals.  To expect Biden to even roughly approximate the sorts of results Donald Trump brought is frankly absurd.  Biden does well to walk across the White House lawn without losing his way.

This takes us back to the central issue, and it’s the thing we must confront.  The media is entirely corrupt.  There are so few of them I hold in any regard that it isn’t worth the trouble of listing the bad ones.  You already know the scarce exceptions. The entirety of Washington DC is broken.  There is no department or agency of government, no Pentagon-bound member of the military, and no member of the federal law enforcement or intelligence services to which I afford anything approximating trust.  They’re all either malevolent or incompetent, and frequently both.  Sources of varying veracity report the White House is in absolute disarray.  Nobody wants to get in front of the press, and nobody wants to attach themselves to the catastrophic decisions and inactions of [Fake]President Biden. Most of them view the ongoing cluster as a public relations nightmare, but virtually none of them are concerned with the real blowback that will come from this planned, man-caused disaster. None of their concerns are for the country, or the wider world, but only their narrow places and even narrower reputations within it. With all of this in mind, it comes down to the most important parts in this entire play. Us. You, and I, and our throngs of countrymen. It is we who will be compelled to clean this up, or watch it implode until our lives are reduced to ashes, and the lives of our children and grandchildren with us.

Today, I contacted seven state representatives, and three senators. I again reached out to Governor Abbott, demanding a forensic audit of the 2020 election in Texas. Why? Simply put, the information related by Seth Keshel in Mike Lindell’s CyberSymposium cannot be ignored. Trump shouldn’t have won Texas by six percent, but by sixteen. This is true in every state he won, and every state he lost. There may be as many as ten states that were flipped, but the best guesses say eight.  All we are watching Joe Biden carry into execution is only possible because he’s thus far gotten away with the theft.  With all that’s happening, and with the rate at which our economy is running headlong into stagflation or worse, hyperinflation, we ought to pushing now to capture the attention of our fellow Americans, to enlist their help in focusing on the election.  Every state needs an audit.  It’s not going to happen if we don’t insist on it, and drag these state legislatures, kicking and screaming, to do their jobs.

This country is descending into chaos. It’s going to get much worse.  We cannot afford for this farce to go any further. Joe Biden must go. His whole morally bankrupt administration must be sent packing. The audits need to uncover also which down-ballot elections, such as Senators and Representatives, were also stolen. The only way this can happen is with us pushing it. Nothing else matters. There is no issue that can be resolved so long as 2020 remains unaddressed. The truth about Afghanistan is that it remains only one more symptom of the virulent infection we’re suffering as a people, not from COVID, but from a more sinister contagion: Apathy.

 

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The Culture of Surrender

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Are We Tom Paine's "Summer Soldiers?"

One of the more disheartening things I encounter on a day-to-day basis is the increasing number of Americans who have simply given up.  They view the political divide in this country as insurmountable, and they see themselves as fighting their way to an inevitable defeat.  Demographers might support their conclusion too, as in so many ways, the culture that had built America is slowly being stolen from us.  Illegal immigration and the welfare state are two particular aspects of statist America that seem to guarantee that there will be no reversal within our lifetimes, if ever.  One entire party, and the elite minority of the other are apparently committed to reducing the United States to just one more failed historical civilization.  Some of them, particularly the left, wants the  country to fall, as we have known it, and the elites in the GOP seem quite satisfied to let it happen, merely slowing the collapse to prevent a revolutionary uprising.  Many ordinary Americans have simply quit on America, and they’ve gone off in search of whatever temporary relief they can find from the mounting failures that now characterize our culture.  The simple truth is this:  We are slowly submitting to a culture of surrender.

“I can’t do anything about it, anyway,” is the common refrain.  “Why pay attention to politics? They’re all crooks, and none of them care for the interests of the people…”   This sentiment is now so widely held that it spreads as a contagion, not merely among ordinary citizens, but also among those who have extraordinary talents for leading.  With the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year approaching, many seek refuge in the momentary pleasures of these traditions, and the family-centered comfort they offer.  It’s not an ordinary year, and none should let their attention on our nation’s condition be diminished.  This isn’t 1995, or 1983, but as I’ve explained before, it’s 1859.  We linger on the brink of a civil war that will cast this nation into chaos for generations, and few seem willing to notice.  It’s not that the evidence is unclear, and it’s not that people don’t know it, but that they have made the conscious decision to ignore it.

“Maybe it will go away,” or maybe “it will work itself out,” are common too. “It’s too big and too complex,” is among my favorites, precisely because it is the size and complexity of the machine that leverage in favor of reform.  In our point-and-click, plug-and-play world, many have lost the patience and self-discipline to see things through.  It isn’t easy maintaining one’s focus against the tide of media outlets, and popular culture, all of which offer that siren’s song of avoidance.  It’s a real problem we conservatives face, because too often, we see the most stunning developments in our political world, and look around us to realize that only a relative handful have noticed. Dis-spirited and demoralized, it’s little wonder the American people look for distractions, but the sad truth is that we permit it.

People fall prey to this constantly, good and decent people who share our conservative values, but they’re mostly detached from the world of politics.  They’re very much engrossed in their day-to-day lives, and with the current prevailing economic conditions, they’re struggling to make ends meet, raise their kids, and keep a roof over their heads.  I was down at the local gun store the other day, buying some shells, and got into a little talk with the owner and two others who were just talking over issues.  One complained: “This darn school district is raising taxes again.”  The others grumbled in agreement.  “Why don’t we just elect somebody else,” I offered.  One nodded agreement, but another said something much more telling: “What’s the use?  They get into office, and ten minutes later, they all think they’re King George III… No sir, it will collapse eventually.”

I’m guilty of this thinking from time to time myself, if guilt there is, but to tell you the truth, I don’t think we can just wait it out.  The way things are going, if this all collapses, it’s likely to come down on our heads.  I’m not finished yet, and I know many who aren’t, so while it’s frustrating and maddening, we really must become more involved.  In the end, we really may have no recourse, but I think that so long as we do, we must fight for our values, and that we must continue to spread the word on the events of the day.  Like so many of you, I don’t miss the opportunity to speak out very often, but the problem is that much of our intended audience has tuned out.  It’s as though the nation is waiting for that collapse, but seldom do nations simply fall.  Corruption in governments goes on with or without the consent of the governed, and whether or not people are willing to notice.  They continue to gather more power, more authority, and more control until there is nothing but government.  Our founders warned us against failing in vigilance, because they knew all too well the predatory reflexes of those who would rule over us.

Statists come in various forms, and on the basis of varying excuses, but they all share the same underlying belief:  It is theirs to rule, and yours to serve the interests of the state, which always really means them.  They claim the interests of the public are met by fulfillment of the interests of the state.  This is the reason they can take multi-million dollar vacations, with you picking up the tab.  The interests of the public are served, they say, because in carting Michelle Obama all over the globe with her platoon of friends, the interests of the US are advanced in the name of its prestige, and as a matter of good will.  I think I’ll try that on my boss next time I want a pay raise:  “Boss, it’s in the interests of this organization to pay me better so that I will be a happier and thus more effective ambassador for the organization.”  My bet is that if he didn’t fire me on the spot, he’d probably call paramedics, certain that I had flipped my lid.

This is the problem with our government, and it’s not going to vanish by pretending it away.  No growing tyranny ever does, because in truth, the kinds of people who seek to rule are also the sort of people who are always looking for “one more postponement,” as Ayn Rand once noted.  Isn’t it true?  Look at the budget, the debt ceiling, and the intransigence of both parties in tackling this issue.  Their answer is to create a super-committee, that will effectively do nothing of consequence except perhaps to increase the misery of every working American.  look at the impending meltdown of Europe.  It’s born of the same thing: Juggle things as long as possible, and once it collapses, blame somebody else for the problem.  In this context, it’s easy to understand why the American people are demoralized.

Consider the case of the Tea Party:  Here had been a real grass-roots movement, but from the outset, they were treated as pariahs, their motives were impugned, they were falsely and repeatedly called racists and terrorists, but with millions having attended various Tea Party events, none of the were arrested, there were no acts of violence(except against them,) and they left every venue cleaner than they had found it.  They observed local ordinances, filed for and received permits, and observed the rule of law they said they cherished.

Contrast this with the bizarre and chaotic spectacle of the Occupy protests.  The media actually sympathized with them, and even that was not enough to conceal the illegal behavior, the unbelievable messes they’ve made, and the crime that has accompanied virtually every one of their major assemblies.  Combine this with violence, the expressions of antisemitism, and all of the focused hate they have spewed for two solid months, and what you realize is that the American people ought to be a bit dis-spirited.  They have watched the mobs of ne’er-do-wells make a mockery of the notion of peaceful, law-abiding protests, and yet they have only lately begun to garner some negative attention in the mainstream media.

This has been done with precisely this end in mind:  Tell the Tea Party “you’re irrelevant,” and with any luck, the Tea Party will believe it.  I’m here to tell you that there’s no reason to surrender, and that we cannot yield only because the media tells us to do so.  We cannot avert our eyes from the crimes being committed openly by this government, or the criminal intent of those running it.  We cannot pretend that these things are not happening, nor should we seek a momentary escape from this battle.  It’s our battle precisely because it is our country.  It’s our fight because we know what is being lost.  It’s our engagement because we know the virtues this nation must practice to prosper and thrive, because after all, by and large, we exercise them in our own lives.

Clear the cobwebs.  The season of family and friendship is upon us, and we mustn’t neglect the opportunity that offers.  On average, you will see more of friends and family, and more of your congregations than you see throughout the rest of the year.  You’ll share their company.  Share what you’re feeling.  Share what you’ve seen.  Tell them that for the next 12 months, it’s okay to focus on damned little else, because that is what you’re going to do, in the name of your country, and all that you love.  No retreat.  No stalemate.  No surrender.

“These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”  Thomas Paine – The Crisis No. I