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Byker
2021-08-22 20:15:17 UTC
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Someone should at least tell our allies as the Wall St. Journal editorial
board notes the chaotic Afghan withdrawal has shocked and angered U.S.
allies and yesterday the UK parliament held Biden in contempt (!) for his
disastrous withdrawal. So much for rebuilding NATO. Another three years of
China Joe and we'll be lucky to have a single ally left...
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WSJ Opinion: The Taliban's Victory After Biden's Retreat

By The Editorial Board
Aug. 19, 2021 6:56 pm ET

Remember when candidate Joe Biden said America “needs a leader the world
respects”? Apparently President Biden forgot. Of the many consequences of
his misbegotten Afghanistan withdrawal, one of the more serious is the way
it has damaged America’s relationships with its allies, especially in
Europe.

Afghanistan was an operation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and
America’s NATO allies have invested significant blood and treasure in the
conflict. That includes tens of thousands of troops over 20 years, more than
1,100 of whom were killed, and billions of dollars spent on the military
operation and reconstruction effort.

This was a fulfillment of their obligations after the Sept. 11 terror attack
led to the first invocation of the mutual self-defense clause in NATO’s
founding treaty. European allies also have a stake in preventing a nation of
nearly 40 million people from collapsing into a failed state that could
trigger more mass migration to Europe, or become a new breeding ground for
terrorism.

Yet everything about Mr. Biden’s Afghan withdrawal has been a slap to those
allies. They didn’t want the U.S. to leave, but he did. The botched
execution has left them scrambling to airlift out thousands of their
citizens and thousands more Afghan translators and others who assisted each
nation’s war effort.

And the snubs keep coming from Washington. In his Monday speech, Mr. Biden
made only a glancing reference to NATO and none to America’s European allies
in his account of the conflict. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly
had to wait a day and a half after requesting a call with the President to
get Mr. Biden on the phone.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-joe-biden-broke-nato-allies-boris-johnson-angela-merkel-emmanuel-macron-11629406300
Oleg Smirnov
2021-08-22 20:33:13 UTC
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Someone should at least tell our allies as the Wall St. Journal editorial
board notes the chaotic Afghan withdrawal has shocked and angered U.S.
allies and yesterday the UK parliament held Biden in contempt (!) for his
disastrous withdrawal. So much for rebuilding NATO. Another three years of
China Joe and we'll be lucky to have a single ally left...
Watch Byker at 15:15-15:30

Byker
2021-08-22 20:42:18 UTC
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Watch Byker at 15:15-15:30 http://youtu.be/Pmrf7Td1mq4
Oleg never fails to amaze and amuse:

abelard
2021-08-23 01:31:45 UTC
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Someone should at least tell our allies as the Wall St. Journal editorial
board notes the chaotic Afghan withdrawal has shocked and angered U.S.
allies and yesterday the UK parliament held Biden in contempt (!) for his
disastrous withdrawal. So much for rebuilding NATO. Another three years of
China Joe and we'll be lucky to have a single ally left...
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WSJ Opinion: The Taliban's Victory After Biden's Retreat
By The Editorial Board
Aug. 19, 2021 6:56 pm ET
Remember when candidate Joe Biden said America “needs a leader the world
respects”? Apparently President Biden forgot. Of the many consequences of
his misbegotten Afghanistan withdrawal, one of the more serious is the way
it has damaged America’s relationships with its allies, especially in
Europe.
Afghanistan was an operation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and
America’s NATO allies have invested significant blood and treasure in the
conflict. That includes tens of thousands of troops over 20 years, more than
1,100 of whom were killed, and billions of dollars spent on the military
operation and reconstruction effort.
This was a fulfillment of their obligations after the Sept. 11 terror attack
led to the first invocation of the mutual self-defense clause in NATO’s
founding treaty. European allies also have a stake in preventing a nation of
nearly 40 million people from collapsing into a failed state that could
trigger more mass migration to Europe, or become a new breeding ground for
terrorism.
Yet everything about Mr. Biden’s Afghan withdrawal has been a slap to those
allies. They didn’t want the U.S. to leave, but he did. The botched
execution has left them scrambling to airlift out thousands of their
citizens and thousands more Afghan translators and others who assisted each
nation’s war effort.
And the snubs keep coming from Washington. In his Monday speech, Mr. Biden
made only a glancing reference to NATO and none to America’s European allies
in his account of the conflict. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly
had to wait a day and a half after requesting a call with the President to
get Mr. Biden on the phone.
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-joe-biden-broke-nato-allies-boris-johnson-angela-merkel-emmanuel-macron-11629406300
he's more interested in avoiding responsibility for his actions

he's always been a short termist socialist...now even his
limited intelligence is failing
his memory is now very short term, a common symptom
of senility

the poor sod he is hardly responsible for his own actions

watch him as after each error, his handlers give him some
more formulaic responses
but he doesn't have the ability to process them so he flounders
around in further confusion
Byker
2021-08-30 16:07:32 UTC
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WSJ Opinion: The Taliban's Victory After Biden's Retreat
https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-joe-biden-broke-nato-allies-boris-johnson-angela-merkel-emmanuel-macron-11629406300
he's more interested in avoiding responsibility for his actions
he's always been a short termist socialist...now even his
limited intelligence is failing
his memory is now very short term, a common symptom
of senility
the poor sod he is hardly responsible for his own actions
Sleep tight, America. Joe Biden is -- while on the job...
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Afghanistan Debacle Exposes Biden’s Inability To Govern

Chris Dorsey
Aug 23, 2021

In the months and weeks leading up to the last presidential election, any
reasonable American—Democrat or Republican—could see that Joe Biden’s mind
was, to be kind, slipping. Despite running the most carefully controlled
presidential campaign in American history, instances of his public
incoherence grew with one bizarre gaffe after another as he transformed the
English language into a kind of Pig Latin as we witnessed a shell of a man
increasingly speak in tongues. Thankfully for Biden, most of the people
around him as he stumbled his way through teleprompter reads and a handful
of press conferences were wearing masks—there was no way to see their
grimaces or laughter in the face of a potential presidency that would
ultimately devolve into a punchline for all the world to witness.

Prior to the election, the common refrain from Democrats (at least
privately) was that it didn’t really matter that Biden was compromised
because there would be highly qualified, competent people surrounding him
(and he wasn’t Trump, which was qualification enough for most of them). That
somehow, abracadaver, the free world would cruise on autopilot. After all,
Washington is brimming with wise, competent people. Seven months into the
nation’s experiment with a leaderless government, we can dispel that notion.

Imagine boarding a jet and hearing, This is your captain, Joe Biden,
speaking. Or having your last image before going under for open heart
surgery be Dr. Joe Biden staring above you, Everything’s gonna be fine, I’ll
see ya on the other side. How would you feel if your son or daughter were
serving under this commander-in-chief and his military brass that prides
itself on being woke…but just doesn’t seem to be awake? We can laugh or
cringe at those prospects, but the fate of the republic isn’t a joke. By the
way, could someone remind me where I put the nuclear codes? A nation’s
survival doesn’t come with mulligans.

Of all the institutions central to our future as a country, the military and
intelligence services supersede all others for obvious reasons. While we can
presume Messrs. Blinken, Sullivan, Austin, and Milley might have more
functioning synapses than Biden, it remains a mystery how they process logic
and reason. The historic ineptitude of Biden’s crew will haunt Democrats for
a long while...perhaps decades—just as the botched Carter Iranian rescue
mission helped bring Reagan to power.

For some perspective, I asked retired General Walt Boomer, the four-star who
ran all Marine forces in Operation Desert Storm and a person I’ve known for
several years, what questions he might have asked leading up to the Afghan
withdrawal. Here’s his short list:

We’re hearing from intelligence that the country could fall faster than we
anticipate. If that’s the case, what’s the worst-case scenario? Do we have a
course of action for that situation and if not, why not?

Who do we have to get out and do we know where they are in-country? Assume
we must extract American citizens wherever they are. What will it take to do
it? What about our close allies in the country…translators, etc?

Are we coordinating with our military allies? I know this resides mostly
with State, but do I need to ask the question?

Do we need more time for all of what might need to be accomplished? Have we
given ourselves any slack? Should I tell the Secretary of Defense and the
President that in our military judgement the operation is too rushed for an
orderly draw down?

One hopes those questions were asked but, if they were, it’s clear that they
weren’t acted upon, and the results speak for themselves as the events
remain as a national disgrace. The talking head brigade composed of former
military commanders, ambassadors, intelligence officers and national
security advisors are singing the same tune: there will be dire consequences
to America’s standing in the world, our enemies will be emboldened, and
terror could once again return to our streets on a 9-11 scale. Perhaps the
greatest single weakness of our federal government is its seeming inability
to learn.

One can only imagine the current chatter between Moscow, Beijing, and Tehran
as they revel in America’s Idiocracy moment. Xi, it’s Vlad, how ‘bout a game
of Scrabble…winner gets the Baltics? If they weren’t already aware, our
enemies can now see clearly that they’re dealing with the political
equivalent of a Cabbage Patch Doll, so that begs the question: who, exactly,
is standing between America and the abyss?

Beyond the foreign relations debacle and our greatly diminished respect
around the globe, what about our government’s standing with its own people?
Why would Americans trust anything coming out of Washington if our military
and intelligence apparatus—something we’ve spent more money on than the
combined GDP of most of the world—fumbled so badly. Are we to believe that
agencies and branches of the federal government like the CDC, Homeland
Security, IRS, Justice Department or even the Supreme Court are functioning
any better? This wasn’t just a military and foreign policy disaster; it has
exacerbated the crisis in confidence in our government and public
institutions overall—and that’s to say nothing of the nation’s view of our
election integrity. As a business consultant friend is fond of telling me,
no organization—or country—can rise above the constraints of its leadership.

Across the US, many Republican Governors now see their primary job as one of
creating a firewall between the federal government and their citizenry. And
who could blame them. As Ronald Reagan famously said, “The most terrifying
words in the English language are, I’m from the government and I’m here to
help.”

Republicans teeing up congressional and state campaigns across the country
are now scrambling for footage of their opponents either endorsing Joe Biden
or being endorsed by the POTUS. Virtually overnight, Biden has become toxic
to his own party and only seven months into his term he’s already trending
toward lame duck status with a political shelf life likely to match that of
Liz Cheney. Images of horror and incompetence from Afghanistan are sure to
flood campaign commercials from the upcoming midterms to the next
Presidential election—and likely beyond.

Many Democrats even doubted from the beginning that Biden would last a full
term given the rate of his mental decline and, at this pace, he may not make
it to the midterms. A president’s legacy—good or bad—is forged in crisis.
Biden was tested and he not only failed, he didn’t even grasp the challenge
at hand until it was too late. Even scarier, his lieutenants thought to be
experts were no better.

Sadly, it’s not Joe Biden’s fault that, at age 78 and after two brain
aneurysms—including one that ruptured—he is in cognitive decline. Watch him
stumble through a press conference or even the simplest teleprompter
regurgitation, and the overwhelming emotions are pity and sadness—both for
him and for our nation. As for Kamala Harris, let’s have a show of hands for
those who think she’s ready for prime time?

In 2009, President Obama famously scolded Republicans that, “Elections have
consequences.” Today, America is coming to grips with that sober thought as
our worst fears of this administration have become a reality. Treat the
Presidency as a career achievement award and you will reap the outcomes you
deserve. One can only imagine, however, what new horrors have been set into
motion thanks to the events of the last weeks.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chrisdorsey/2021/08/23/afghanistan-debacle-exposes-bidens-inability-to-govern/
SixOverFive
2021-08-23 03:04:22 UTC
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I don't think we will "lose" any allies, but they
won't be so eager to jump in on American projects
anymore. "Less-Allied" is the better term.

Well, until they need US, of course, as usual :-)

Oh - HA - I see GREECE has put up an even bigger
and better wall than Trump along its border with
Turkey - more aesthetic too. They KNOW giant waves
of Afghan refugees are coming and decided to be
pro-active.
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