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Updated on August 18, 2021 in General Stuff
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I am strongly suspecting that history will be unkind to the Biden presidency, for a variety of reasons.

Looks like even The Atlantic  is coming around to this way of thinking.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/08/bidens-betrayal-of-afghans-will-live-in-infamy/619764/

And this, before the fall of Kabul and flight of the Afghan president.

Gross.

 
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Frankly, this shit has got me irrationally pissed off. My wife was in Bagram on February 24, 2020 when the Trump peace deal was signed and the nightly C-RAMs fell silent. That deal included actual hard requirements for all involved that would need to be fulfilled BEFORE we would begin pulling out. Once Biden cheated to became president, all that was dropped and stupid man cut and ran, taking the guys with guns out first and leaving everybody else behind.

Biden, the guy who was #2 for 8 of the 20 years of this conflict, had no rational plan and actually believed (or chose to believe) that he could just cut and run. Unbelievable.

It’s not that I disagree with the idea of getting out, but could you possibly screw that up any more?

On the (lone) plus side, now maybe DC will know what a real insurrection is.

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Speaking of Afghanistan, insurrections, and the difference between that and a power vacuum, this is a brief, condensed, and informative little read on the sitch from on the ground.

https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/letter-editor-critical-afghanistan-assessment

Of note (yet again) China. Among other stuff.

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A few random and disconnected observations, in no particular order:

Assuming that the people in the WH aren’t simply complete imbeciles, how can we interpret this? Were they truly caught off guard by the Taliban’s swift victory?

How could that possibly be the case? How could they possibly be that stupid?

So I’m left wondering what strategic framework this could be furthering.

Is this a message to Taiwan?

Or maybe the parsimonious answer is the obvious one: We are looking at people who are so ideologically captured, so disconnected from reality, it really and truly never occurred to them that this outcome was precisely what to expect.

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Have you figured out yet why The Machine was so insistent on lying about and exaggerating the threat of 1/6, and unleashing all their cruelty on those arrested?

They are terrified.

They know if Americans ever decided to, they could run over them like the Taliban entering Kabul.

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I’m more or less in “fuck Afghanistan” mode. They had 20 years with the wind at their backs to enter the 21st century.

They decided it wasn’t for them.

Fair enough. That’s what they want, that’s what they get.

But our abandonment of those Afghans who were on our side is unforgivable. We should have been evacuating them and providing safe haven for their families six months ago. 

Somehow, we managed to do this in the worst possible way.

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We’ve made such an absolute hash out of this, we’ve all but ensured that we will be back in Afghanistan within ten years.

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The present shitshow has been going on long enough now (call it 48 hours), one is left to wonder why we haven’t sent in emergency forces to at least secure key areas of Kabul and ensure something approaching an orderly evacuation.

Option 1: We have no such capability.

Option 2: We have no such interest.

If there are any other squares on the board, I don’t know what they are.

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How about a Hollywood movie option: This whole thing is a brilliant trap. We have a few thousand stone killer black ops guys embedded in hiding in Kabul. We’re drawing the Taliban leadership into a trap. In a day or two, we spring the trap, unleash the black ops guys, and kill them all.

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Short of the above Hollywood movie option, there’s no way Biden survives this. Our failure to respond to an abject military humiliation, combined with the POTUS in hiding away from the White House, is just unimaginable.

He is being (literally) propped up by The Machine. The only salvation he has is The Machine’s knowledge that Harris is an absolute disaster.

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The Machine’s narrative makers are furiously at work, trying to spin-polish this turd. So far, they’ve failed to come up with anything. But they will never quit.

Whatever they end up settling on, I guarantee it will include “white supremacy” and “systemic racism in America”.

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That’s all I’ve got.

 

 

 

on August 16, 2021

The Machine is all narrative and no substance. You’d probably have to see it to believe it, but the Elite that run this country can’t fucking mow their own grass.

These idiots have never had to make a living the hard way, by working for it.

You’d think EPA might actually know something about the engines they regulate. But no. They got those positions right out of school. All they can do is posture and threaten and scare the folks that know what they’re doing to follow their orders.

And the current crop of leftists are the worst. Take a look at any of these jack offs.

The military used to be run by guys like Eisenhower who could actually land a surprise invasion in Normandy. Now even the military are run by douche bags like Milley, worried more about CRT than effectively killing those that need to be killed.

All your questions are answered right there. Yes, they really are that stupid.

on August 16, 2021
All your questions are answered right there. Yes, they really are that stupid.From Piecesofmalarkey

In May of this year, our Secretary of Defense identified “Climate Change” as the number one issue facing the US military.

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History has a bizarre symmetry to it:

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In no order:

The fact that Afghanistan is a complete shit show is not on Biden, anymore than it’s on every other admin going back before Clinton.

However, this clusterfuck of a withdrawl… now *that* is on Biden and his handlers. He owns this chapter, and it will not reflect well on him going forward. Hell, it doesn’t reflect well on him now, what with all the viral video of Biden swearing that the Taliban couldn’t retake the country, from press releases that are less than a month old.

 

Nobody should have been surprised at how this went down, since there was a whole organization designed to ride hear on the 1 trillion dollars we’ve dumped into that place this time around, and they’ve been sounding the warning to congress for over a decade:

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/15/1027951992/u-s-watchdog-criticizes-steps-preceding-taliban-takeover-in-afghanistan

https://www.sigar.mil/allreports/

This link will take you to every report filed by SIGAR, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Congress created the agency to maintain an independent oversight on the billions of dollars the U.S. appropriated for Afghanistan’s reconstruction since 2002.

“All the signs have been there,” the head of the watchdog agency, John Sopko, told NPR on Sunday.

Sopko said his agency released multiple reports and he testified more than 50 times to sound the warning in the last decade.

 

As to securing our people, the warning has been out for months now. Any Americans who didn’t get the memo are pretty much responsible for their own problems.

The foreign nationals who fought for us, however? 

Disgraceful. We are spending a ton of street cred on the national stage right now.

 

That’s about all I’ve got; need to go get the car out of hock. TTYL.

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“That’s about all I’ve got; need to go get the car out of hock. TTYL.”

There’s got to be a cool story behind that!

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I am clutching, with something less than abject despair, if not optimism, onto the fact that at least– at least — the airport is secure and you don’t have fundamentalist lunatics shooting at soldiers overseeing the evacuation, much less “normal” Taliban doing so, as they could. This may mean they really do just want to be left alone. It could also mean of course that they are just waiting for witnesses to leave town. But I honestly don’t think that’s what’s coming and wouldn’t say it out loud if I did. I’ve got my reasons for that.

I am trying to assure my kids that everything will be alright, because that’s my job (what’s the alternative?), though I now wonder whether we have a Taliban leadership who will turn a blind eye to a revival of AL Qaeda, ISIS, and whoever thinks those two groups are too soft! If I were King, I’d hint to the Taliban that it would be in their interest to provide us with Intel as to the movements of these two groups so that we can direct drones in the direction of their camps.

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Just ran across this. A fascinating thought exercise. Note the ironic notation of authorship right at the end.

https://amgreatness.com/2021/08/17/the-thank-you-for-your-service-red-pill/

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P, I find much to agree with in that article. Up front: I disagree with painting *all* who serve with such a broad brush. As the four or five of us reading this are probably aware, a large part of my cultivated social circle consists of active or past war fighters and, as well, my best friend from college and best man at K and I’s wedding died in Afghanistan, as a long tab ranger, at the business end of an RPG-7. So, again, upfront: holding an E6, E7, or E8 special forces operator responsible for the administrative decisions that put us into Afghanistan for “a year, 20 times,” is tantamount to holding, say, the guitar and flute adjuncts at the state U responsible for the widespread corruption, financial malfeasance, and covert and overt boot-knocking cronyism that lead to the current academic bubble. 

Now, that acknowledged, the rest is pretty golden, at first read. I agree with the premise of the point and purpose of government, and I agree that the virtuous fight is fought more by people with righteous skin in the game, for just cause—as the prevailing mini-forum religion would define the term. Of course, that would mean having a citizenry of strong virtue—the first obstacle to the goal. I am reminded of the quote: “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

In other words, good luck to America without a professional military class.

In the final analysis, this country may have been founded upon a rebellion against a professional military, but the land itself was settled by mercs. When Linus is waxing poetic about captain Myles Standish in “a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” he was lionizing a straight-up merc. Same with John Smith of Jamestown, etc. etc. all founded by PMC (private military contractor) led expeditions, funded by merchants. Plymouth, Virginia (Jamestown) were companies on the London stock exchange before they were the cradle (and, evidently, the grave) of liberty.

So yeah, Mercs do merc things. And citizens do citizen things. At least the merc things are predictable and stable and consistent over time: the citizen things are subject to the caprice and unpredictability of the citizenry.

But I ramble.

 

on August 18, 2021

Good points all. Thanks.

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