By Joe Darby
To start, I must note that this is my first column in three weeks. Many of you will already know that I have lost my beloved Mary. After residing in a nursing home for six months because of advanced dementia, she succumbed to cardiac arrest on Aug. 4. I’m told she did not suffer and went quickly.
The rest of my life will be very different but I have wonderful memories of my sweet girl that I will cherish as long as I live.
Now, the situation that has been dominating my mind this week, along with Mary’s loss, is the horrible failure of American actions in Afghanistan. The news videos of those poor people who risked their lives to help our forces and are now trying to escape are just appalling.
Also appalling is President Biden’s reaction, saying he could have done no better and that chaos after our troop withdrawals was inevitable. What utter nonsense.
How difficult would it have been in the past couple of months, when our forces were still on the ground and we securely controlled Kabul and its airport, to begin evacuating in a orderly fashion our civilian American personnel there as well as all — and I mean all — of those brave Afghanis who helped us?
Our Air Force and Army would have been able to handle that. We have the planes and the uniformed men and women who are entirely capable of such an operation. But they never got the order and Biden pulls out our troops, leaving the vulnerable to their fate. Now he’s sent forces back in to try to deal with the chaos.
Biden is scrambling around, in deep denial, trying to salvage a sad situation that he alone created. Yes, Donald Trump announced the plans for troop withdrawal while he was still in office but Biden is in charge of this fiasco. And, yes, George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan in the first place, back in 2001 following the 9-11 attacks. But, in spite of the military difficulties we have had there, the great majority of the Afghan population has lived safely in the last two decades.
Women were free to pursue their lives as they wished and the ordinary citizen felt free from the danger of being beheaded for violating some minor Sharia law. Those freedoms are all over now and God help those good people who will be left behind.
The handling of the withdrawal confirms my belief in Biden’s incompetence. The man is not up to the job and is completely out of his depth. Some are already calling for impeachment. But, hold on with that. If successfully impeached, Vice President Kamala Harris would take over. She’s so far left I’ve little doubt that she would complete the ruin of our country in short order.
I lived through the 1960s, when American went through the turmoil of the Vietnam War, the youth rebellion and the breakdown of many of the old American values. I think the 2020s are a more fraught time for our country. We probably haven’t been in such dire straits since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
I wish I could be more optimistic. I hope my despair will turn out to be unfounded. But it’s not looking good.
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