Biden Deserves Credit, Not Blame

Joe Biden doesn’t “own” the mayhem on the ground right now. What we’re seeing is the culmination of 20 years of bad decisions by U.S. political and military leaders. If anything, Americans should feel proud of what the U.S. government and military have accomplished in these past two weeks. President Biden deserves credit, not blame. There have been four administrations governing over the war in Afghanistan and none of them learned the lessons the Russians learned than fighting the Afghan people was a losing proposition.

How and why could we think the U.S. government and military that spent 20 years fighting a losing battle could now somehow manage a withdrawal in a manner of weeks. That idea was a fantasy. The result was the republicans have seized on this as an opportunity to blame President Biden, who did not negotiate the withdrawal King Trump did last year in 2020. The facts are President Biden despite significant pressure and obstacles, has overseen a military and government that have managed, a withdrawal, one of the most extraordinary logistical feats in their recent history. By the time the last American plane lifts off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 31, the total number of Americans and Afghan allies extricated from the country may exceed 120,000.

Second the fact that the Taliban had been gaining ground since it resumed its military campaign in 2004 and, according to U.S. estimates even four years ago, controlled or contested about a third of Afghanistan.

Fact the previous administration’s King Trump’s deal with the Taliban included the release of 5,000 fighters from prison and favored an even earlier departure date than the one that Biden embraced. Never mind that King Trump had drawn down U.S. troop levels from about 13,000 to 2,500 during his last year in office and had failed to repatriate America’s equipment on the ground.

The fact the delay caused by King Trump and his adviser Stephen Miller’s active obstruction of special visas for Afghans who helped us. This was done to make President Biden look bad during the withdrawal. King Trump & his cronies did the best they could to make things a mess. King Trump can only bring chaos to any problem, history has proven this fact true.

The Biden administration nimbly adapted its plans, ramping up the airlift and sending additional troops into the country to aid crisis teams and to enhance security. Around-the-clock flights came into and went out of Afghanistan. Giant cargo planes departed, a number of them packed with as many as 600 occupants.

Senior administration officials convened regular meetings with U.S. allies to find destinations for those planes to land and places for the refugees to stay. The State Department tracked down Americans in the country, as well as Afghans who had worked with the U.S., to arrange their passage to the airport. The Special Immigrant Visa program that the Trump administration had slowed down was kicked into high gear. Despite years of fighting, the administration and the military spoke with the Taliban many times to coordinate passage of those seeking to depart to the airport, to mitigate risks as best as possible, to discuss their shared interest in meeting the August 31 deadline.

In the end the 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday, 12,500 people were airlifted out of the country and President Biden recommitted to meeting the August 31 deadline. And he did so even as his critics again sought to capitalize on tragedy for their own political gain: Republicans called for the impeachment of Biden and of Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Why because King Trump their cult leader could not accomplish such a feat in a short time period. The republican are the party of doing nothing.  Except give the rich 2% tax breaks while the rest of us pay the bills to run our country.

I think its time to look at where the congress spends our money. At present we spend about 1 trillion dollars per year, 150 million a day on our military. The total of China, Russia, India, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany and France combine do not spend as much. Its time go back to the days of George Bush, and a budget of $500 million per year for our military spending. America has 12 Nimitz Class super nuclear carriers, plus 3 Gerald Ford Class super nuclear carriers around the world at a price tag of 13 billion each. Russia has none, China has none. America could use this money on infrastructure and education.

What a wonderful world we could have if we spent on education not war.