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.
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.What BS we are fed, day in day out by our weak bellied, so-called leaders. Where is the UN? They tell us, they are an intergovernmental organization aiming to maintain "international peace and security," develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations. It is the world's largest, most familiar, most representative, and "most powerful international organization." Don't they dare even say it!
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'.