I don’t use this blog to showcase my own political beliefs. But today, I do want to show my support for President Joe Biden who’s currently taking heat over what’s going on in Afghanistan. He shouldn’t be.
It’s been said that it’s impossible to conquer Afghanistan. No nation has ever unified that land. Empires have gone there, tried and failed. Armies have gone there, tried and failed, simply haemorrhaging money and blood and gaining very little. Ultimately, as the U.S. is doing now, and as the British did in 1842, as the Russians did in 1988, the end of the road means having to throw in the towel.
The fact that the Taliban is on the move again simply supports this. They’ve sat by, patiently, knowing that their adversary would eventually quit, just as they all have. Just wait them out. Patience rewards. And when the U.S. announced their intention to vacate the land, the Taliban moved ahead.
Joe Biden, stand firm. Your enemies are sniping at you about what’s going on in Afghanistan with the Taliban. But you’ve moved swiftly and no American lives have been lost. Get the hell out while you can! Because it’s up to the Afghan people to decide how they want to run their country. It should always have been that way. The U.S. could never change that plan, any more than other countries that attempted to take over Afghanistan could.
It’s not in the national interest of the United States of America to continue fighting this war indefinitely. As President Biden says, “For those who have argued that we should stay just six more months or just one more year, I ask them to consider the lessons of recent history. Nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms that ‘just one more year’ of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution but a recipe for being there indefinitely. It’s now up to Afghans to make the decision about the future of their country.”
Biden has recognized the sacrifice and dedication that the U.S. military and civilian personnel, serving alongside their Allies and partners, have made over the last two decades in Afghanistan. He also reminded bystanders that’s he’s on record for being opposed to having American forces in Afghanistan in the first place.
No question, the images at the airport in Kabul, where Afghans descended in hopes of fleeing the country, are “gut-wrenching. But this is still a losing conflict that showcases a society not ready or willing to embrace democracy. If Afghanistan really wants peace, then it’s high time the country stood up and fought their own battles for it.
Stand firm Joe Biden. Don’t become another victim of this futile skirmish. The war in Afghanistan is their war, not yours.