Fifty-nine years ago JFK was assassinated, most didn't know at the time but it was the beginning of a paradigm shift for the Anglo-American super-powers. The old British Empire had all but collapsed after two World Wars and the US was embroiled in a cold war with Soviet Russia. The most powerful country in the world began to slowly crumble on the day of JFK's murder and has never recovered. This month they left Afghanistan sneaking away in the middle of the night with Joe Biden washing his hands of the Afghanistan people in one of the worst cowardly acts I can remember.
In total chaotic scenes at Kabul Airport, three people have been shot and two others have been filmed holding on to and falling from planes taking off, it is appalling and shocking.Evacuation flights have been halted after US soldiers shoot dead two armed Afghans while three are run over by taxiing military jets, and more plunge to their deaths after clambering on the fuselage - as UN says Taliban have started 'targeted killings.'
According to the Daily Mail, Afghans were forcibly pushed off the tarmac by Apache helicopters flown aggressively into crowds of desperate people hoping to escape the country as a C-17 plane taxied down the runway ready for takeoff.
The shambolic scenes heaped further humiliation on the US and UK for their handling of the withdrawal of troops and subsequent swift collapse of the Afghan government.
The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, Armin Laschet, called it the 'biggest NATO debacle' since the founding of the alliance, while Tory MPs accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of 'shameful' silence, describing Afghanistan's collapse as 'the biggest single policy disaster' and questioning whether he did enough to persuade President Joe Biden to not pull out US troops.
Biden has retreated to Camp David for a vacation and the White House released a picture of him by himself speaking to his National Security Council via Zoom amid what is being billed the biggest foreign policy catastrophe in 65 years.
The Wall Street Journal condemned Joe Biden's statement 'washing his hands of the situation, saying it should 'go down as one of the most shameful in history by a Commander in Chief at such a moment of American retreat'.
As the crisis deepened, a CNN columnist said the 'debacle of the US defeat and chaotic retreat in Afghanistan' was a 'political disaster' for the US President and slammed his 'failure to orchestrate an urgent and orderly exit'.
And an opinion writer in The Atlantic said there was enough blame attached for the Afghanistan crisis to 'fill a library of books', condemning the 'betrayal' of the Afghan people as he placed the 'burden of shame' on Mr. Biden.
Meanwhile, a New York Post editorial said Mr. Biden's claims that he 'inherited' his predecessor Donald Trump's withdrawal plans were a 'lie' and the situation is 'as humiliating an end as the rooftop scramble in Saigon in 1975'.
An opinion piece in The New York Times claimed that Mr. Biden would 'go down in history, fairly or unfairly, as the president who presided over a long-brewing, humiliating final act in the American experiment in Afghanistan'.
A Washington Post column said the situation 'is on Biden, and it will leave an indelible stain on his presidency, while a piece in USA Today said 'this catastrophe is appearing on his watch, and he will have to take his lumps.
Fox News ran a comment from Republican Senator Joni Ernst condemning the 'slap in the face to the thousands of men and women who served in this war' and a 'total abandonment of a country and its people' by Mr. Biden.
Columnists in the British Press also hit out at Mr. Biden today, with The Sun's editorial saying he 'ignored repeated warnings, then withdrew crucial air support for the Afghan army it has spent billions arming over 20 years.
Commons Foreign Affairs Committee chair Tom Tugendhat wrote in The Times that it was the 'the biggest foreign policy disaster since Suez' in 1957, while a columnist for i condemned the 'betrayal of Afghanistan's people.
The Financial Times said the 'abandonment of Afghanistan raises doubts over the depth of US commitment to supposed allies', while Mark Almond wrote in the Daily Mail that Islamist fundamentalism is now 'back on a roll'.
I woke and read your truthful post. You nailed it on the head! I hurt for so many as I still have the video in my head as a small boy of watching the final hours of the U.S. pulling out of Vietnam. What betrayal! And here we go again! I have already heard from Vets I know who were stationed from where we are now fleeing with our tail between our legs. They are beside themselves. They feel like they and their friends who gave their all have just been pissed all over on by the man who stole the election. I hurt for them and all those still trapped there who will be slaughtered. I so wanted to be able to post this comment on your website but have not figured out how to do it yet.
And now I fear a bigger problem… that the current un-commander and chief will abandon Israel as their enemies crank up the heat. It says in Genesis 12:2-3, “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Yes, I have to muse: will we, the U.S., throw Israel to the dogs? And are we ready for the curse that will fall on us when we do? History has shown that EVERY empire that has done so, has crumbled.
I will leave you my thoughts I placed in a poem. Thanks for standing for what you do. Blessing from Alaska!
Between Scylla and Charybdis
16 August 2021
Between Scylla and Charybdis,
Is America the land of purchase?
Spending money you don’t have…
A possession whore who’s outrageous.
Biden, feel the heat; your thrown is on fire,
Your pompous palace is coming down!
Debauched you turn up the air conditioning,
Pretending you walk on holy ground.
© 2021 William Laughing-Bear
(Between Scylla and Charybdis: A phrase meaning ‘to choose the lesser of two evils.’)
Yes, thanks Gary for posting this horrible truth! OMG, those social media video's of people falling from that plane and running along side another jet on the tarmac are absolutely horrific and look all to familiar to 911. This world is really going to hell.
My hope from this government betrayal to military and the regular people in that country is that they will realize placing any trust in any government officials will kill you.....just as their vaccine is doing!
Everything they tell people is a lie! Stop obeying them and save your life. Will populations ever wake the hell up?! My God, we are truly at the edge of the end of days.
In answer to Bill's thinking on Israel, absolutely correct, the same actions can be expected by this resident in our White House. He has shown his true color and it is black. Scripture tells us after "peace and security" is said to be achieved, destruction shall come next.
Do people know that the trump admin declared and wrote a "peace and security" mission for Israel? And Jared, Trump's son in law, was the person who got it on paper and invested 50 billion dollars in the region as well to promote peace and security for Israel and its neighbors by this funding, being said to bring great economic uplifting to them.? (Biblical prophecy fullfilled)....next is destruction. That's your answer Bill! It is written.
How many more times does death by betrayal need to happen before people see the global governments are not as they pretend to be and will not ever have your safety or best interests at heart, NEVER, since 1963 at least! Do not let them stick that damn covid needle in your arm!
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