Letter to the Editor: In the New Normal Dictionary, Does Miracle Mean Catastrophe?
While I thank Stuart Gordon for his service, I disagree with his assessment of Biden’s “miracle” in Afghanistan.
I’m 100% against foreign wars and nation building, but since George W. Bush got into the Afghan mess in 2001, no president (Bush, Obama, Trump, or Biden) had a plan. executable strategy to end the war. Trump brokered a peace deal, but we don’t know how it would have gone.
Biden’s exit chaos – can’t call it a plan; obviously there wasn’t – scraping everything Trump had planned, abandoning our military bases and equipment, retreating like cowards to Kabul and essentially handing the country over to the Taliban.
Biden said in July 2021, “There will be no circumstances where you will see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy… of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable (to Saigon). Yet in August 2021, the Taliban stormed Kabul, toppling the Afghan government, and the United States rushed to evacuate its embassy staff in Kabul. What an embarrassment.
Those advising Biden on the botched takedown should be investigated. How could our intelligence community and the military be so wrong? Adding to the disaster, during the chaotic evacuation of Kabul airport, 13 US servicemen (and 170 innocent Afghan civilians) were killed by a suicide bomber. In addition to the first American soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan since February 2020, Biden has abandoned thousands of American citizens and our Afghan allies.
Fortunately, since our disastrous exit, most have been evacuated; however, as of January, there are still an estimated 80 Americans in Afghanistan seeking evacuation.
It seems these days we often rewrite definitions in the dictionary. Perhaps “miracle” has been revised to mean “failure” and “catastrophe”?