If you’re keeping score at home, today is August 31st. That means today is the self-imposed, Joe Biden-approved deadline for all US troops to be out of Afghanistan. Now, you have to parse words in Biden’s statement, ala Bill Clinton. We have to understand what the meaning of “is” is.
Biden did not say that all Americans would be out of Afghanistan. He said all troops would be out of Afghanistan. Yesterday the Pentagon announced that “the last US Military plane had left Afghanistan”. That was a whole day and a half early. But to be honest, we’re not sure. Because nobody, not Joe Biden, not the Generals in the Pentagon, not the news media that keeps track of this stuff, not the people at the Kabul airport, nobody knows how many Americans are stranded in that country.
And yes…they are stranded. For Jen Psaki’s edification, here is the Free Dictionary’s definition of the word “stranded: “left helpless, as without transport”. Jen, I guess you probably need to call William & Mary, and ask for a refund on your college education. I would have assumed you could have figured that word out by now.
So, we don’t know how many people are stranded in Afghanistan at this point. We don’t know if we will ever get not only the Americans home, but also the Afghanis that were translators and those that helped the Americans during their two-decades long occupation of that country. And the White House doesn’t have any clue. In fact, the previously mentioned Ms. Psaki has publicly said that when asked if Biden was planning on abandoning Americans in that war-torn country replied, “We expect there could be some but I’m not going to get into it further.” Take that as a “YES!”
I know that the White House is hoping beyond all hope that the news cycle changes quickly. As I was saying to my wife the other day, the problem they have is, this isn’t going away. Think of the last thing that was “front page” as far as the big story was concerned, before Afghanistan’s withdrawal and the monumental screw up that ensued. Do you remember it?
It was the southern border.
And since then, what have you heard about the southern border? Even the Supreme Court has weighed in and denied a stay that a lower court ruled Biden must adhere to a Trump-era policy of keeping those seeking to get into this country to stay in Mexico until their court hearing. But you haven’t heard about that because the blaring noise of the Afghanistan screw up Biden has caused. I have seen some reports that have tried to pin this on others. There was a liberal source that said it was all George W. Bush’s fault because he was the one that sent troops to Afghanistan back in 2001 after 9/11. That is true. Unfortunately, there have been three presidents since then, and only one has withdrawn troops completely, and did so in such a fashion that there was utter chaos on the ground.
So, the chances that this dies down anytime soon are practically none. Don’t forget, it’s going to mean there will be hearings in Congress about what went wrong, and how to fix it. Democrats in charge are going to want to push this past next November’s midterm elections. They were already expected to lose the House and probably the Senate anyway, and this Biden-caused mishap is only going to exacerbate the situation. The sooner Congress breaks with Biden on this one and lays it at his feet the better off they are going to be. And can you just hear the debate between some yet-to-be-named Republican candidate and Joe Biden or K-baby Harris when the Republican running for the highest office in the land in 2024, asks Joe Biden how he sleeps at night knowing he left Americans stranded in Afghanistan?
As you go about your day today, say a quick prayer for the thousands of people that Joe Biden has abandoned (Jen Psaki’s word, not mine) in Afghanistan. They are going to need all the prayers they can get.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!