The Day After 20 Years After…

The Day After 20 Years After…

By Maggie of The Universal Spectator September 12, 2021

…And we are right back at square one in the world, and our allies know it and fear it.

Because when we are weak or down, they know they are absolutely not safe, and neither is the rest of the world.

But here we are, at the ridiculous mercy of America’s political leaders who are, on one hand, daft beyond help … and on the other hand, sinister globalists that still believe our enemies in this world can be placated by leftist globalist values when our enemies have zero values and are centuries and centuries away from the Western leftist’s thought process.

It has been a slow death process, the likes of an insidiously painful suicide by killing our pricelessly valued blood and treasure for these 20 years, as the politicians play Vietnam 2.0 in refusing to fight the enemy without showing mercy to them … or to our shit-headed MSM. And to watch the brainless scarecrow idiot who rode in on the wooden Trojan donkey and a stolen election, now at the pretend helm of the real nefarious wankers calling all the shots in the White House, just pull the proverbial pin on our people and $90 billion in war weapons and equipment in Afghanistan, as if it were some toy hand grenade they were playing a childish mentality game of “hot potato” with is probably one of the most insane and horrifying strategic missteps most of us have ever witnessed in our lifetimes.

Two British-minded writers have two different feels for this FUBAR the Biden administration has bestowed upon the U.S. and the rest of the world…

Mark Steyn: Dead Superpower Walking: The Fall of Kabul …and of America

The War on Terror began with men plunging to their deaths from the highest floors of skyscrapers hit by airplanes; it ended with men plunging to their deaths from the undercarriage of a US airplane taking off from what’s left of “Hamid Karzai International Airport” … America is a global laughingstock right now, but that’s no reason not to give Chairman Xi and Putin and every up-country village headman in Helmand a few more yuks. Step forward, State Department spokeswanker Ned Price:

State Department calls for Taliban to include women in its government

The United States is dead as a global power because of this kind of indestructible stupidity. You’ve lost, you blew it, it’s over: The goatherds just decapitated you; could you at least have the self-respect not to run around like a headless chicken too stupid to know it’s nogginless? Or like a broken doll lying on its back with its mechanism jammed on the same simpleton phrases: “Diversity is our strength… diversity is our strength…”

Contrast the Washington presser with that in Kabul:

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid says ‘We have defeated a great power.’

Hmm. Ned Price vs Zabiullah Mujahid: tough call. The mountain of non-existent dollar bills that the bloated husk of federal government blows through every minute surely should buy sufficient self-awareness to know that, whatever else it may be, this is not a day for wankery as usual…

I realize the Boss already featured Steyn’s column in an earlier post yesterday, but he is one of my go-to favorites, and his opening paragraph so blew me away I had to feature his column again today.

It has taken less than one full year an empty-head, dementia-addled septuagenarian, and half-century career politician, who the democrat party decided was worthy of finishing his far-far too long political career as POTUS for the history books … to destroy this nation’s standing in the world. As is said, they may not love/like us but they damn-well feared and respected us. Well, not anymore…

Written By Collingwood @ Bournbrook: Yankees doing dandy

America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been a singularly unifying moment. Hand-wringing neoconservatives and liberal interventionists sing in harmony with salivating anti-American leftists and woke activists that the end of the American Empire is nigh. Their opinion columns and blue-tick tweets point confidently to the horizon, where the sun is setting on the American Century even as the brightly burning stars of China ascend. We are told that Pax Americana, which once took the torch from Pax Britannia, has been mortally wounded by the humiliation of Kabul, and will soon be supplanted by Pax Sina. Even the excellent Unherd columnist Aris Roussinos joined in, Tweeting on Sunday: “I think it’s wrong to see Kabul as America’s Suez; it’s still just their Singapore: their Suez is still yet to come”

In fact, the withdrawal from Afghanistan means little to the global dominance of the United States. Insofar as it as any effect at all, withdrawing from a strategically irrelevant theatre and ending an unwinnable war will marginally help the United States cement its dominance.

On 11 December 1941, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sunk near Singapore by a force of Japanese bombers and torpedo aeroplanes in a battle that lasted barely ninety minutes. This stunning defeat was an unmistakable demonstration that Britain no longer had the capacity to defend its imperial possessions East and South of Suez. Yet this was already clear. By the end of the nineteenth Century and early twentieth Century, Britain was being challenged by great continental nations (the United States, Germany and Russia), whose populations and industrial, mineral and agricultural potential far outmatched Britain’s. The deleterious costs of the First World War were Britain’s death knell as an imperial power. Singapore, and the broader Second World War, was merely the coup de gras.

This is nothing like the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Britain was straining every sinew to defend itself when the Japanese took Singapore. The US chose to leave Afghanistan. It could defeat the Taliban by the end of this year if it wanted to – without resorting to nuclear weapons and without switching to a full war economy.

The strength of America’s strategic position is hugely underestimated. The continental United States is invulnerable to invasion: it has the pacific and militarily weak Canada to the North, the chaotic and militarily even weaker Mexico to the South, a giant ocean to the East and an even bigger one to the West (both of which it controls with the most powerful navy in history). Meanwhile, no other nation has anything close to the economic breadth and depth the US enjoys: its self-sufficiency in food and energy, and its awesome industrial, technological, educational, mineral, consumer and financial power, mean that America, uniquely, could disengage entirely from the world and go it alone.

Finally, its military dominance is undisputed. The US Navy alone has more airpower than the entire airforces of even other militarily formidable nations (including Britain). Its expeditionary land forces are larger than Britain’s entire army. The US Air Force is also the most powerful in the world. If anything, its dominance of space is even greater….

The above Collinwood column was brought to my attention by my pal in Australia that I sometimes mention in my TUS post musings.

Collingwood is seeing this from a British-based hopeful position not really shared by we Yanks who do not have their global fighting centuries under their belt. While, outside of our own Revolution and Civil wars, we had a few scrimmages here and there outside our own borders. I’m sorry, but I am not fully sharing his taking this Afghanistan stain in our stride. There is far too much now that has become highly toxic for we Yanks and our military on the world stage, and quite possibly/probably on our own soil. Yet, who is the biggest enemy of America’s very existence going forward after Afghanistan? China? Iran? Russia? The now well-equipped and funded dirt-kickers in third world Islam? Or the wretched left within our own ranks…

Roger Kimball: A Failure of Memory and Nerve: We don’t remember much, it seems, or for long

I write on the 20th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, D.C. No matter where you turn, it seems, the message is the same, a combination of injunction and protestation: “Never forget,” “We remember,” the sentiment invariably bolstered with reminiscences of loss and heroism.

The loss and the heroism are real, no doubt, but I am afraid that admonitions about remembering seem mostly manufactured. How could they not? Clearly, we have not remembered, and no amount of barking by the president of the United States about what an “extraordinary success” his shameful scuttle out of Afghanistan was can change that.

If we truly remembered, we would not have allowed four top Taliban terrorists, released by Barack Obama from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the traitorous Bowe Bergdahl, to assume top positions in the newly formed Taliban government. If we truly remembered, we would not have left hundreds of Americans behind in Afghanistan, ready-made hostages for the new regime.

We spent 20 years and trillions of dollars in Afghanistan—for what? To try to coax it into the 21st century and assume the enlightened, “woke” perspective that has laid waste to the institutions of American culture, from the universities to the military?

Certain aspects of that folly seem darkly comic now, such as our efforts to raise the consciousness of the locals by introducing them to conceptual art and decadent Western ideas of “gender equity.” Writing in The Spectator, the columnist known as “Cockburn” captures the fatuousness of the program. “Do-gooders,” he notes, “established a ‘National Masculinity Alliance,’ so a few hundred Afghan men could talk about their ‘gender roles’ and ‘examine male attitudes that are harmful to women.’” I wonder if among the “attitudes” discussed were the penchant of certain Afghan men to stone women to death for adultery? “Under the U.S.’s guidance,” Cockburn continues, “Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution set a 27 percent quota for women in the lower house—higher than the actual figure in America!”

Remarkably, this experiment in ‘democracy’ created a government few were willing to fight for, let alone die for. . . . Police facilities included childcare facilities for working mothers, as though Afghanistan’s medieval culture had the same needs as 1980s Minneapolis. The army set a goal of 10 percent female participation, which might make sense in a Marvel movie, but didn’t to devout Muslims.

The explicit cost for such gender programs was $787 million; the real cost, as Cockburn notes, was much higher because “gender goals” were folded into almost every initiative we undertook in Afghanistan.

In the aftermath of 9/11, I, like many others, described the attacks as “America’s wake-up call.” I was wrong about that. In retrospect, it seems clear that the alarm came with a snooze button. After shaking our collective head and blinking awake for a few moments, we pressed the button, turned over, and went back to sleep.

I am not, by the way, suggesting that we ought to have prolonged our stay in Afghanistan, pumping yet more American blood and treasure into the maw of that vast concession for endless wars and imaginary “nation building.” In my view, Donald Trump was right a couple of years ago when he told his generals that he wanted the United States out of Afghanistan. Trump was only president of the United States, though, not a paid-up member of the permanent ruling class, so his orders were quietly countermanded and then ignored.

Twenty years ago today, the New York Times ran a long and flattering profile of Bill Ayers, who in the 1970s was a member of the Weather Underground, the radical anti-American group that was responsible for many acts of violence. This was a few decades before he emerged as an advisor to (and possibly ghostwriter for) Barack Obama. “I don’t regret setting bombs,” Ayers said in that story’s lead. “I feel we didn’t do enough.” I wonder how many people were reading those lines when two of the hijacked airliners screamed into the Twin Towers…

Note to the ‘free world’ and our not-so-free advisories slobbering at our current pants-dropped red meat revealing a feeble-minded elderly man’s shit-stained adult undergarment: Don’t be so foolish, and even stupid enough, as to mistake my/Americans’ current cynicism as self-loathing and/or defeatism. No, we are fully aware of the major wart and festering pustule on our ass in Washington DC. And yet, it is our retired Afghanistan war military and military intel veterans in unity with rightminded American civilians spending time, money, safety, and fighting with our own self-destruct — suicide-bombing — enemies within, as Kimball pointed out. Their ultimate mission is to destroy us on our own soil and around the world, and they are getting there.

Do not also get us wrong. We said years ago, “Let them fight, or bring them home”, and we damn-well meant it. You ask any level-headed Vietnam veteran if we “lost” in Vietnam, and they will tell you, “We didn’t lose. We left.” Yep, now our Afghanistan war vets can adopt that response with a change of country. In both wars the elites in DC meddled and interfered with the military brass on all tactical and strategic missions in both wars … and the MSM became an even bigger factor in these last 20 years in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The biggest factor this time around is Americans, while war weary, are most definitely pissed-off at the way we left than they were when Pres. Nixon pulled us out of `Nam.

MORE:

On 9-11-01 our “public servant” first responders became citizen soldiers

Victor Davis Hanson: What Made Them Do Their Duty? At the Twin Towers, cops and firemen showed they really were New York’s Finest, New York’s Bravest.

Vivek Saxena: Trump makes surprise 9/11 visit to NYC, avoids ‘elite ruling class’ to instead honor first responders

Jed Babbin: Forgetting Afghanistan and All Those We’ve Left Behind: Nemo resideo, dammit.

Lt. Col. Oliver North: ‘No Americans left behind’ in Afghanistan was a ‘blatant lie’: Secretary of State Antony Blinken to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Afghanistan Monday, Sept. 13

From one who has witnessed and even lived more than one fall of a pocket of our civilization … and survived to see hard lessons not learned by the next pocket of civilization’s fall…

Theodore Dalrymple: What We Have to Lose: Our civilization is more precious, and more fragile, than most people suppose.

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~~Many thanks to Maggie and The Universal Spectator for reprint permission.

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