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Afghanistan: My Country’s Shame

I’m not afraid of political hot-button topics, but I try not to make them the focus of this blog. It’s not usually useful. But in this case, since I have an international audience, I feel it’s important for me to speak out. I guess one of the great things about living in the US is that I can – for now, anyway.

You might have heard about what’s been happening over the last few days. My country pulled out of Afghanistan, and putting it charitably, left a few thousand citizens and allies to fend for themselves against the Taliban, a hardline Muslim group who enforces Sharia law. They are brutal.

Let me say this in no uncertain terms: there are very few people in this country who approve of what Biden, our dementia-patient in chief, did.

Now let me be clear – the question of should we be in Afghanistan in the first place is a question that reasonable people can disagree on. Nonetheless, we were there. Because we were there for twenty years, like it or not, that country had become dependent on us for stability and social order. It was a legitimate decision to say “we don’t want to be there anymore”. That’s not something a lot of us fault Biden for.

What we do fault Biden for is just yanking our presence out of the country, and leaving our allies and citizens behind, deliberately, to fend for themselves. I’m even hearing reports that citizens are being charged $2,000 to be extracted.

I don’t have words to say how unacceptable this is. This is a shame upon our country.

I won’t apologize for two reasons. The first is I never apologize, particularly for something I haven’t done myself. And the second is because I have no one to apologize to. Apologize to our citizens? I’m a part of this country! It’d be like apologizing to myself! Apologize to our Afghan allies? Maybe, I guess, but what good would that do? They’re still being killed by the Taliban.

So let me say this.

I didn’t vote for Biden. I would never have voted for Biden. In my opinion, even during the election, Biden was a mentally compromised, and in other ways compromised, terrible politician whose only accomplishment was that he wasn’t Trump. And it’s to our country’s shame that “not being Trump” was sufficient to get him installed into office. He has so far taken this country and thrown it down the shitter, and now he’s doing the same thing to Afghanistan. In my opinion, he needs to be removed from office immediately. Kamala Harris may be a terrible person and an awful leader, but at least she’s more mentally competent.

The images that have come out of Afghanistan are shameful, and I am not proud of my country right now. Sure, I like my country. I wouldn’t want to be a citizen of any other country at the moment. But to say I disagree with what Biden did is a gross understatement. It was unconscionable, incompetent, unacceptable, and all sorts of other words I would never say on a family blog. I have been ashamed of my country before, but I can’t think of the last time I was actually disgusted.

So, my foreign readers, if you’re looking at the pictures and videos coming out of Afghanistan and seething, well, so are most of us. Don’t mistake our leaders for the citizenry. We can’t stand what we’re seeing either. And I’m pretty sure we’ll do something about it soon. We have mechanisms for legal removal from office, and it’s about time we used one of them.

One of those mechanisms is called the 25th Amendment. If the VP (currently Kamala Harris) and a majority of cabinet members decide that he’s unfit for office, he’s stripped of power. Easy as that. I suspect this will happen within two months. If not, well, there’s always impeachment. We might have to wait a bit for that, but it could happen. There’s also the possibility that he could just retire. His mental faculties are declining by the day. Either way, I don’t think he’s long for the office. And after the debacle that just happened in Afghanistan, good riddance. I didn’t vote for him, I hoped for the best, and now he’s proven that he simply does not belong in the White House.

I hope this is the last post I write on this topic, as I am trying not to make this a political blog. But sometimes things have to be said. I will make a post if Biden is removed from office, though. Even though I really, really dislike Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, I’ll still celebrate. We can’t do another Afghanistan.

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