I wrote a pretty good article on Sunday about the media turning on Joe Biden, wherein I featured an op-ed in the New York Times by a top deep state Middle East liaison. It even made it on Incendiary Radio.
Today, I have for you another New York Times op-ed, this time attributed to General Sami Sadat, a commander in the Afghan National Army. It’s entitled “I Commanded Afghan Troops This Year. We Were Betrayed.”
Betrayed by whom?
It’s at the top of Google News again.
The war on Vaxxy Joe is not slowing.
Note that it’s obvious that this article was not actually written by an Afghan military official. I’m sure he signed off on putting his name on it, but this is part of an organized campaign against Joe Biden, which is being centrally planned. (It’s also just obvious that an Afghan government official wouldn’t have the ability to put together this kind of essay.)
I am exhausted. I am frustrated. And I am angry.
President Biden said last week that “American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”
It’s true that the Afghan Army lost its will to fight. But that’s because of the growing sense of abandonment by our American partners and the disrespect and disloyalty reflected in Mr. Biden’s tone and words over the past few months. The Afghan Army is not without blame. It had its problems — cronyism, bureaucracy — but we ultimately stopped fighting because our partners already had.
It pains me to see Mr. Biden and Western officials are blaming the Afghan Army for collapsing without mentioning the underlying reasons that happened. Political divisions in Kabul and Washington strangled the army and limited our ability to do our jobs. Losing combat logistical support that the United States had provided for years crippled us, as did a lack of clear guidance from U.S. and Afghan leadership.
There is an enormous sense of betrayal here. [Afghan President Ashraf] Ghani’s hasty escape ended efforts to negotiate an interim agreement for a transition period with the Taliban that would have enabled us to hold the city and help manage evacuations. Instead, chaos ensued — resulting in the desperate scenes witnessed at the Kabul airport.
It was in response to those scenes that Mr. Biden said on Aug. 16 that the Afghan forces collapsed, “sometimes without trying to fight.” But we fought, bravely, until the end. We lost 66,000 troops over the past 20 years; that’s one-fifth of our estimated fighting force.
So why did the Afghan military collapse? The answer is threefold.
First, former President Donald Trump’s February 2020 peace deal with the Taliban in Doha doomed us. It put an expiration date on American interest in the region. Second, we lost contractor logistics and maintenance support critical to our combat operations. Third, the corruption endemic in Mr. Ghani’s government that flowed to senior military leadership and long crippled our forces on the ground irreparably hobbled us.
Still, we kept fighting. But then Mr. Biden confirmed in April he would stick to Mr. Trump’s plan and set the terms for the U.S. drawdown. That was when everything started to go downhill.
Sadat then gives a long and meaningless military explanation, which is heavy on jargon.
Jargon appeals to midwits in the same way that the promotion of a moral order among the elite that we highlighted in the last Times op-ed attacking Biden appeals to midwits.
You can go read the full article if you’re interested in this technique of throwing around a bunch of random terminology in order to make midwits think you’re saying something profoundly complicated and therefore generally profound.
Mr. Biden’s full and accelerated withdrawal only exacerbated the situation. It ignored conditions on the ground. The Taliban had a firm end date from the Americans and feared no military reprisal for anything they did in the interim, sensing the lack of U.S. will.
And so the Taliban kept ramping up. My soldiers and I endured up to seven Taliban car bombings daily throughout July and the first week of August in Helmand Province. Still, we stood our ground.
I cannot ignore the third factor, though. Because there was only so much the Americans could do when it came to the well-documented corruption that rotted our government and military. That really is our national tragedy. So many of our leaders — including in the military — were installed for their personal ties, not for their credentials. These appointments had a devastating impact on the national army because leaders lacked the military experience to be effective or inspire the confidence and trust of the men being asked to risk their lives. Disruptions to food rations and fuel supplies — a result of skimming and corrupt contract allocations — destroyed the morale of my troops.
The final days of fighting were surreal. We engaged in intense firefights on the ground against the Taliban as U.S. fighter jets circled overhead, effectively spectators. Our sense of abandonment and betrayal was equaled only by the frustration U.S. pilots felt and relayed to us — being forced to witness the ground war, apparently unable to help us. Overwhelmed by Taliban fire, my soldiers would hear the planes and ask why they were not providing air support. Morale was devastated. Across Afghanistan, soldiers stopped fighting. We held Lashkar Gah in fierce battles, but as the rest of the country fell, we lacked the support to continue fighting and retreated to base. My corps, which had carried on even after I was called away to Kabul, was one of the last to give up its arms — only after the capital fell.
We were betrayed by politics and presidents.
This was not an Afghan war only; it was an international war, with many militaries involved. It would have been impossible for one army alone, ours, to take up the job and fight. This was a military defeat, but it emanated from political failure.
Pretty rough on old Joe!
It’s also, obviously, total bullshit.
Firstly, the reason the Afghans folded is that the Afghan military was made up of people who didn’t really have an interest in fighting for gay anal rimjobs or gender studies classes. Some Americans may actually believe in some romantic notion of “democracy” that is worth dying for – at least in theory. But that notion is primarily drawn from Marvel Comics films, where there’s a big dramatic scene with an orchestra and Tony Stark says “let’s show these sons of bitches what it means to mess with democracy.” Then all of the various characters with their various emotional dilemmas all come together to fight. And you have chills.
But that is not something that is going to inspire an Afghan who is sitting waiting to have his head blown off – even if he’s seen The Avengers as part of his training.
Furthermore, a lot of the Afghans obviously supported the Taliban.
Secondly, and much more importantly to the topic at hand – this doesn’t have anything to do with Joe Biden. Even if you believe that Joe Biden is not senile, and he’s actually sitting around mumbling to himself and making very serious decisions at meetings with all of the top officials, the rapid fall of Kabul was the fault of military intelligence, which assured everyone, across the board, with certainty, that the Afghan military would hold.
The war was extremely unpopular, and the entire country wanted it to end.
Blaming Joe Biden personally because of a universal view by the intelligence agencies that “everything would work out” is kooky and borderline nonsensical.
Moreover: in practical terms, the rapid fall of Afghanistan isn’t even important. The military admitted that Kabul would eventually fall to the Taliban. Yes, it was retarded to say it would take months, and yes, if someone had known that, they could have just done a handover ceremony to the Taliban which would have been much less humiliating. But in the scheme of things, the war was going to end either way, and either way, the Taliban was going to take control. The option was that or an endless occupation.
The blaming of Joe Biden can only really mean that they want him out. I can’t think of any other explanation.
Maybe that will happen and maybe it won’t. It’s definitely being widely discussed. Some commenters are saying it won’t happen.
Personally, I think if they’re going to get rid of Biden, they’re going to stick him with something else first.
It could be a month, or a year. It will likely be some time in-between. But they will do something they want to do that is extremely unpopular, or allow the fallout from something they’ve already done, and then blame Biden for that, then get him to resign. In my view.
Biden himself seems to think it will happen pretty soon.
BIDEN: "She [Kamala] happens to be in Asia for me right now, but that's why we have a female Vice President of the United States of America, who's gonna be, we're gonna have some presidents pretty soon."
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 23, 2021