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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
That’s all I’ve got.