It doesn’t say much for our political culture that it takes far more political courage to end a pointless war than it does to start one.
I’m no fan of Biden but must give him credit for his decision to get us out of this disastrous situation and sticking to it in the face of right-wingnut criticism.
Now comes the various self-justifying attempts of the ruling classes to avoid blame for this humiliating collapse. This tweet by Gregg Carlstrom, as cited in the blog Moon of Alabama, perfectly captures my own cynical view:
“Boggles the mind that every single person involved in the post-9/11 fiasco has not gone into seclusion, made a public apology, committed seppuku, something, anything. There's more accountability for a McDonald's franchisee than the foreign policy/national security establishment.”
Just a few hundred billion more and a few more decades, a few thousand more casualties and we'd have the problem licked! /sarc/
Neocon ideology can never fail! It can only be failed!
Seriously, this is like Leon blaming his team's loss, not on his six fumbles, but because his teammates didn't pick up the ball in time.
I am now hearing a lot of Afghanistan hawks saying "Biden should have just reversed the deal that Trump cut with the Taliban." Aren't these the very same people who think it is critical to "preserve our credibility" when it comes to keeping American troops in pointless foreign wars forever?
Fred Kagan and his slug of a wife represent the corruption that characterizes our elite classes from top to bottom. They do not seem to realize the countries with former Western puppet governments usually do not like the US very much and their addiction to the hagiographic Anglo version of World War II has made the blind to the fact that there is in fact more geopolitical and military history than WWII, more WWII than the European Theater, and more European Theater than the Western Front.