GLORIOUS: Biden’s Fiddling With Afghanistan Withdrawal Has Ensured the Empire Is Exiting in the Most Humiliating Way Possible
Trump left him a decent situation but he had to tinker with it and cross the Taliban
The Empire is exiting Afghanistan in the most humiliating way possible with the Taliban fast on their heels and throwing out the US-installed government from one district after another even before the Americans leave. It is absolutely glorious.
When the Americans are out the Imperial Capital will not be able to claim “peace with honor” even for five minutes. Its utter failure and defeat are already so readily apparent before they are out, and still they have no choice but continue their exit.
And to think it could have all been avoided. Sure, after the Americans left the Taliban were always going to eventually reduce the left-behind US puppet government to Kabul, a few major cities, and a swathe of the north —— but it didn’t need to happen so quickly, and it certainly need not have happened before the Americans even left.
Trump had a deal with the Taliban to leave on May 1st, which caused the Taliban to largely hold back and refrain from offensives that might cause the collective US to change its mind. But when Biden refused to honor the deal the calculation changed and the Taliban sprung into action to apply pressure and show they were not to be trifled with. — Causing the current situation where Americans are retreating even as their clients are collapsing all around. If only Biden had honored the Taliban-Trump deal and retreated by May 1st he could have been spared the worst of the humiliation and could have claimed “peace with honor” at least for a few weeks after.
Trump’s deal wasn’t perfect. There’s a good argument to be made that by holding talks with the Taliban and cutting out the Kabul government he fatally undermined it, as it influenced the perspective on the ground in Afghanistan that the Taliban were the equals of a superpower while the Kabul puppets were nobodies that were going to be discarded by their backers. It would have quite possibly been the better move for the Americans to have simply packed their bags and left without bartering with the Taliban.
What made dealing with the Taliban attractive for Trump was that it gave him a way to bring down American casualties to zero without having to withdraw just yet, which he didn’t have the political courage for. In other words, to be able to stay a little longer Trump ended up humiliating and delegitimizing the clients in Kabul and was fine with it.
If that wasn’t the worst of both worlds already, here comes Biden and allows himself EVEN MORE indecision and counterproductive fiddling. The US troops wouldn’t retreat by May 1st. But they still would retreat. Just several months later. All that accomplished was that the Taliban were no longer bound to a deal the US had just broken and were no longer concerned with helping the US save face while it retreats.
This is a good thing however. The more humiliating the US exit, the more reluctance there will be next time before invading someone else. By inflicting this defeat and humiliation on the American war machine who knows how many other countries the Taliban have saved. Countries that will never know the Taliban aided their survival and will never thank them. So let us raise a glass to their accomplishment instead. You don’t have to like their domestic policies, but just like an abusive husband can still do good by fending off a robber/arsonist/murderer/rapist so the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, by giving the Empire a bloody nose it won’t fast forget, has done something for world freedom.