- THE PATRIOT POST - AUG 25, 2021 - MARK ALEXANDER -
The problem was not Biden’s plan; it was, and remains, the man.
“It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence.” —George Washington (1796)
On the eve of the 20th observance of the 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation, Joe Biden has re-seeded al-Qa'ida’s terrorist turf — the result of his compressed Afghanistan exit schedule. That schedule was motivated by his desire to take a political victory lap ahead of the 20th observance.
What he and his inept foreign policy team have created is a humanitarian catastrophe — there will be no victory lap. Instead, there will be years of leaked videos revealing unmitigated Taliban violence against the men, women, and children Biden and his handlers have abandoned.
All the Leftmedia “analysis” of Biden’s badly failed exfil strategy is now, and will continue to be, in the form of questions about who missed what, who knew what when, and what we coulda/shoulda done — a feast of finger-pointing and blame-shifting ad nauseam. After all, those commercial news outlets, including conservative ones, have to churn news to make their ad revenue targets.
To that end, a sample of the most recent headlines: “Miscue After Miscue, U.S. Exit Plan Unravels (The New York Times); ”Trump & Co. engineered the pullout from Afghanistan“ (The Washington Post); ”Afghanistan disaster puts intelligence under scrutiny“ (The Hill); ”The Only Way Back To Deterrence Is Firing Biden’s Entire National Security Team“ (The Federalist); ”Here’s What Went Wrong In Afghanistan — And What We Should Have Done Differently“ (Daily Wire); and ”Afghanistan blame game intensifies as White House, Pentagon and intel point fingers“ (Fox News).
All of these headlines are important to the extent that they’re attempting to answer legitimate questions honestly and accurately. Of course, that will be a heavy lift for Biden’s fawning Leftmedia propagandists, but even some of his far-left defenders like CNN have had no choice but to ask some tough questions, given the precipitous drop in Biden’s public support.
As Rich Lowry concludes: "On Afghanistan, Joe Biden in effect set out to test how much shameless incompetence and dishonesty the media would accept. The answer? Not nearly enough. The press is blatantly biased and has become even more so over time, repeatedly propagating false narratives that have shredded its credibility. Still, there are limits beyond which even it can’t be pushed.”
But in the mainstream media’s search for tactical mistakes, as they parse Biden’s every word for lies, they all miss the most critical strategic reason for the national security crisis now unfolding in Afghanistan.
What would that be?
Consider this investigative entry from a CBS analyst: “Afghanistan’s Taliban takeover was predictable. How did Biden miss the red flags?”
How did Biden miss the red flags?
The author, Jeff McCausland, a learned and respected national security analyst, details all the mistakes, miscues, overestimates, and underestimates. And he does so from a far more informed perspective than the media analysts now churning the same question.
But McCausland, like all those aforementioned media analysts and politicos endeavoring to exposit who/what failed, does not make clear the overarching reason for the meltdown of Biden’s exit plan.
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