It is no longer
morning in America. Now many are mourning America. Primitive Taliban savages recently
routed allegedly American-trained Afghan forces, waltzing across Afghanistan in
a matter of days. Resistance-- and the erstwhile Afghani government-- collapsed
like paper lambs because the Afghan forces did not believe in themselves and
the government didn’t either. Much as those in charge of the U.S. no longer believe
in American exceptionalism and the founding principles on which their nation
was proudly built and because of which it succeeded beyond any other in human
Biden administration claims that the Afghanistan fiasco is in no way a repeat of
the Saigon Surrender of ’75, even though it looks remarkably like that very
thing, replete with frightened and betrayed souls falling
from aircraft, one of which appeared to be the same exact helicopter that
we saw fleeing Saigon in April of 1975. When it's raining people, literal
hangers on who have tragically lost their grip on their last chance for life
and liberty, you know things aren't right. Yet, U.S. Secretary of State Antony (Winken)
Blinken (and Nod) rejected any comparisons to the U.S.’s frantic and chaotic
pullout from Vietnam over 45 years ago. “This is not Saigon” he said on ABC. Good
one. You got us there. No, it's technically Kabul……but other than that……it's
Ashraf Ghani wasn’t any more forthcoming, as he quickly boarded a plane and fled
the country, after which he posted on Facebook that he left to “avert bloodshed
in the capital.” Yes, his bloodshed. He did not tell anyone where he
As the American
flag was lowered from the $700 million U.S. Embassy, America’s esteem was likewise
lowered, around the world and probably even at home. And President Biden fled his
country’s capital, going on a particularly ill-timed vacation at Camp David in
Maryland. Is it just me, or does it seem that Biden being President of the
United States is akin to Elmer Fudd being head of the NRA?
U.S. allies are
questioning its trustworthiness, commitment, and
credibility. Enemies of America are questioning its toughness and resolve.
Both Biden and the head of U.S. Central Command have essentially begged
the Taliban to act with decency and not interfere with the evacuation of
American personnel and their friends from the airport in Kabul. (“The Old Man
and the Plea?”) Taliban fighters in Kabul have started confiscating
firearms from the city’s residents. Perhaps the Biden administration could
use them here at home. The Taliban have also taken over Afghanistan’s presidential
palace, though, tellingly, Democrats seem far less upset about this actual
insurrection than about the actions of a few hundred people who sauntered through
the American Capitol Building on January 6th, after being ushered in
by Capitol police. Moreover, the Biden administration apparently managed to
accidentally reveal the existence of a secret
CIA facility in Doha, Qatar. Every day it’s another blunder. One
conjures up images of the Carter and
Obama administrations, only to realize that they were slightly less incompetent
than the current one.
Is there a large
bunker basement at Camp David in which Biden can hide?
Who is in
charge of the United States? Who, as Winston Churchill once asked the English
parliament prior to World War II, is in charge of this “clattering train?”
Who is in
charge of the clattering train?
creak, and the couplings strain.
pace is hot, and the points are near,
hath deadened the driver’s ear:
signals flash through the night in vain.
in charge of the clattering train!