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And thanks to all for your kind words and financial support. It is always appreciated. Okay, time for my latest rant. Enjoy. (I hope.)
Where is the heart of Joe Biden?
On August 26, 2021, ISIS-affiliated suicide bombers and gunmen struck the Kabul airport Thursday, killing at least 13 American service members and 60 Afghans amid the chaotic US-led evacuation mission — which top officials said would continue despite fears of additional terror attacks.
In an effort to dissuade incidents like this in the future, the US government has been negotiating with terrorists. (Something we traditionally, do not do.)
In the USA’s appeal for assistance, we presented the Taliban with a wish list of people that we wanted safely evacuated. No matter the intention, some saw this as a “kill list“ and were greatly appalled by it.
And although things are dire for Americans in Afghanistan, President Biden has chosen to focus elsewhere. He will be stumping for Governor Gavin Newsom who is facing a recall election.
To be fair, its more than Gavin Newsom’s political career at stake. Whichever way the California race ends will bear a direct impact on Biden’s progressive agenda and the future of the Democrat party.
VP, Kamala Harris was set to join Biden in a rally for Newsome but changed her mind. Perhaps she was concerned about the optics of her visit at a time where Republicans are crying out for impeachment and Democrats overall are concerned for their political futures?
However temporary, Biden’s transition away from Afghanistan to focus on a political rally in California rubs me the wrong way. There is a time for politics and a time to place them aside and resolve matters that are bipartisan. Yet, it seems for Biden that power trumps service. Consider the following and decide for yourself.
On August 18, 2021 – The message from the White House was that we work to get our people out until the clock runs out (alluding to the August 31, 2021 deadline the Taliban demanded). I would have preferred to hear that we would get our people out – no matter what!
On August 21, 2021, it was reported that the United States evacuated 17,000 of which 2,500 were American citizens.
On August 24, 2021, a leaked state memo revealed that as of August 23, 2021, 26,582 people had been evacuated verses 4,407 AMCITS (American Citizens).
On August 25, 2021, it was reported 1,000 people were unaccounted for and that only 6,000 wanted to leave.
To put the “wanted to leave” comment in context, know this. When the Taliban cannot punish you directly due to your absence, they kill those close to you in reprisal. Some people do not want to leave because it endangers their family to do so. Such being the case, the potential for American hostages (and American Allies as hostages) is incalculable as of this writing.
All that being said, with so many civilian lives at stake, the priority of the last 2 days of evacuation will be the military and any remaining equipment. This is being done to prevent the Taliban from scoring more American weapons and ammunition.
At a time when America needs a leader most, Biden is stepping away to California to protect his political ambitions and secure influence for his party.
It very much feels like “America Last.”