Rudyard Kipling understood Afghanistan: “When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.”
In just one week, the Taliban has gained control of nearly the entire border and most of the Provincial Capitols. They are patrolling their new territories in armored HUMVEE’s. They have seized thousands of rifles, grenades, anti-aircraft guns, and much more. How could they do this? We spent 20 years and a Trillion Dollars training the Afghani Army. Were they defeated in combat, killed?
They walked away. After 20 years, and $ 1,000,000,000,000.00. They saw the Taliban approaching the front door, took off their uniforms, and ran out the back door. They were not cowards. They were never really our allies.
Afghanistan has resisted change and intrusion for thousands of years. Alexander the Great, the British Empire, the Soviet Union, the Amerikan Empire all threw everything they had at a small population of semi-nomadic, Iron Age people.
These fierce people have sent all the Empires packing, leaking Blood and Treasure. The Afghan Army only worked with us so they could destroy their rivals, the Taliban. Once the Taliban was gone, I have no doubt they would have turned on us until their soil was free of our taint.
Those of us who read History ranted and raved to prevent the invasion in the first place. We were called unpatriotic, almost treasonous.
An old friend of mine who went Army Airborne thought I was a “conspiracy theorist.” After he returned from Falluja, he had a much different perspective.
What is happening now in Afghanistan is the inevitable result of poor policy decisions and a complete misunderstanding of Afghani Culture and Psychology. We saw this coming. It was as predictable as Sunrise. We DID predict it.
I once spoke with Colonel Stopp(Sic?), former Military Attache at the US Embassy in Iran. I worked with his daughter, who left Iran just a week before the Revolution. He said the Afghans could never be conquered, and the Pentagon knew it.
Speaking of the Pentagon, there was a briefing today, and it didn’t go well. Some real questions were asked, and no useful information was forthcoming only propaganda talking points. The Spokesman looked like he was passing a kidney stone, every, single, time he spoke. His eyebrows must have cramped.
The best part? The White House has essentially begged the Taliban NOT to take Kabul until the last US Soldier is gone. Bad “optics.” Joe’s puppet masters have lost it.
Bill, the Debater, was in the store the other day, dejected. For the first time ever, he didn’t want to talk politics; he says he’s done with everyone in Washington. That is a problem for the White House, as Bill is part of that hard-core 23% that will approve of anything, as long as a Democrat politician tells him so. Once they lose them, they’ve really got nothing left on the Left.
All that remains to be seen is if it turns into a last-minute sh** fight for the last chopper out.
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