Last August, Joe Biden abandoned Afghanistan to 13th century barbarians. The result was and is an ongoing bloodbath. Getting out of Afghanistan may or may not have been a good move, but the way Biden did it was destructive and disgraceful.
Biden’s generals told the press that they recommended to Biden a more orderly approach. Biden denied that. He essentially said his generals are liars.
Paradoxically, Biden simultaneously contended that his cut-and-run was “an extraordinary success.” If he believes that, then why doesn’t he say, “Yeah, the generals recommended a more measured withdrawal, but I was smart enough to override them in order to obtain this extraordinary success.”
Lawyers call this “pleading in the alternative.” There’s an old lawyers’ joke where the accused murderer says, “I didn’t kill him and if I did it was in self-defense.” In Biden’s case, he says, “It was an extraordinary success for which I’m responsible but if it wasn’t then it’s the generals who are responsible and they’re lying if they say they aren’t.”
By the way, how can a circumstance persist where the Commander in Chief is directly contradicted about factual events by his generals – a circumstance where one side or the other is clearly lying? If it’s the generals who are lying about what they told the Commander in Chief, then shouldn’t they be relieved of their command?
On the other hand, if it’s the Commander in Chief who is lying, as is pretty clearly the case here, then we have a situation where the generals can forever exert leverage over the Commander in Chief by threatening to go public with their proof.
In any event, Biden found it easy to contend that his Afghanistan debacle was an extraordinary success because by his lights it was. He figured the U.S. would lose in Afghanistan eventually, so it was better for him politically to get it over with quickly. That way, people would forget about it by the midterms. If that means more people die, suffer, get raped and thrown into medieval torture chambers, well, Biden couldn’t care less.
Fast forward six months to Ukraine where a sovereign European nation is being invaded by a totalitarian empire-builder right out of the 19th century – an empire-builder who undoubtedly paid close attention to Biden’s fiasco in Afghanistan. Everyone saw this coming. The White House repeatedly said that Russians were on the verge of invading Ukraine in February. Biden himself told Ukrainian President Zelensky that Kyiv would be “sacked.”
But Biden was slow to provide arms or money to the Ukrainians. His warnings to Zelensky were apparently not for the purpose of readying the Ukrainians for war but for the purpose of talking them into a surrender. Biden’s love of surrender fits right in with his party. A recent survey shows that a majority of Democrats would not defend even America if it were invaded, while a good two-thirds of Republicans would.
After the invasion, Poland was ready to turn over 28 Soviet-built fighter planes to the brave Ukrainians. Biden killed that deal, reportedly out of fear that the Russian invaders wouldn’t like it. (Imagine the media’s reaction if it were Trump who killed a deal to help beat the Russians.)
Biden refused to stop oil imports from Russia to America until both Democrats and Republicans in Congress said they were preparing to pass legislation barring such imports.
Last week, the Pentagon reportedly told Congress that they wanted to send a few hundred Special Forces troops to Ukraine last December to provide hurry-up training to the Ukrainian military in urban guerrilla warfare in case things were to come to that (as they have). The White House killed that proposal – apparently out of fear again that the Russians wouldn’t like it. True to form, the White House has once again implied that military leaders are lying in revealing this to Congress.
Either the entire Pentagon or the entire White House is a regular den of liars.
At the end of the day, Biden in Ukraine is bent on duplicating his “extraordinary success” in Afghanistan. He doesn’t give a damn about people’s lives or freedom or whether the bad guys win. He just wants it over well before the midterms.
Biden assumes in this that people are very forgetful. He may be projecting a bit.