Before you read this article, you need to drop everything and contact your elected official encouraging him or her to not allow any Afghan refugees into your country. While Afghans are white Indo-Europeans, their culture has some drawbacks. Those “translators” we are supposedly obligated to help were often involved in insider attacks, theft, and bacha bazi. It’s better to resettle them in the other “Stans” or in the United Arab Emirates.
The Fall of Kabul has caused me to reflect back upon 9/11 and the Great War of Terror Americans have been involved in for so many years. I’ve come to believe the following: The American intervention in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 was just, and the withdrawal from Afghanistan was likewise a good move in the long run. The exact circumstances of the withdrawal were a disaster, though, equivalent to a defeat in battle. That disaster matters and needs to be discussed.
9/11: Just Before & Just After
I was in the US Army when the 9/11 terror attacks took place. I was assigned to a training course for company grade officers. What I recall of that week was the wonderful weather. The sky was azure blue and the temperatures were in the 70s. Before the attack the news had been slow, too; the media was focused on a Congressman whose intern and mistress had vanished (she had been murdered by an illegal immigrant), as well as some unusual shark attacks.
Then came 9/11. It was surreal to be on active duty during that time. We all knew we’d be off to war very soon, and soldiers temporarily became a very low level type of celebrity. In the weeks after the attack, if a soldier went away from the post — to one of the Anywhere towns with a college and seminary to get dinner at a chain restaurant, for example — the cute young waitress would flirt with us to no end. It was fun, in a way.
The National Guard was called up to secure airports. These soldiers would walk around without a magazine in their rifles; this came to be called “security theater.” Meanwhile, shirts and hats that spelled out NYPD or FDNY became high fashion. The country rallied round the flag, and President Bush gave a Texas tough-guy speech at Ground Zero in New York. The azure blue skies had no contrails, either, as flights were grounded for days.
In my little world of company grade military officers, the works of the late Stephen E. Ambrose were incredibly popular at that time. By the mid-1990s, Ambrose had moved to the top of the popular history scene. His books about the Second World War are entertaining and well-written, but portray the Americans of the GI Generation as something like perfect, plastic demi-gods. Ambrose also served as an advisor on the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan. In 2001, HBO produced a highly-rated mini-series based on one of Ambrose’s books called Band of Brothers.
I’ve come to believe that the popularity of Stephen Ambrose’s books and TV shows like Band of Brothers were not particularly helpful for those of us who were about to be deployed. It caused too many Americans to view events through a simplistic lens, one where the Americans wore white hats, everyone else wore black hats, and there was an expectation that everything would turn out all right in the end.
In reality, the situation was completely different from the Second World War. The terror attacks were the result of a number of factors, including American support for Israel, American and Gulf Arab support for men who followed a dangerous interpretation of Islam when they were engaged in war against the Soviet Union, and an idiotic immigration policy bringing in people from an utterly alien culture who were incapable of embracing America’s ever-changing values. It was not possible for everything to turn out all right in the end this time around.
The first spectacular Muslim attack on American soil after the Cold War in fact happened on February 26, 1993. Two days later, what one would now call the Deep State besieged heartland Americans in Waco, Texas. While Islamic attacks increased and developed a pattern that became universally known, agencies like the FBI rather saw ordinary white Americans as a threat. A Muslim travel ban should have been enacted in 1993, but it wasn’t — and decades of war followed.
The Afghan War was a Just War
It was only a matter of time before Taliban-ruled Afghanistan was invaded by somebody. In the late 1990s, they were a less media-savvy version of ISIS’ later insanity. In 1998, Taliban fighters murdered Iranian diplomats – merely for reasons of blood lust, as far as I can tell. In late 1999, Taliban terrorists hijacked an Indian aircraft as part of a terror campaign to coincide with the arrival of the year 2000. The hijackers were al-Qaeda sympathizers. In 2001, the Taliban blew up ancient statues of the Buddha in central Afghanistan. All the while, they were harboring al-Qaeda. After an attack like 9/11, America had every justification to invade Afghanistan. (Indeed, the Iranians would have been justified in attacking Afghanistan in 1998.)
Moreover, had the Taliban turned Osama bin Laden over to the United States following 9/11 as the US demanded, they wouldn’t have suffered an American occupation for two decades. The war could have been completely avoided.
As American troops first deployed to Afghanistan in October 2001, there was frank discussion about Afghanistan in the print media. There were a number of magazine articles about the disastrous British deployment to Kabul in 1842, for example.
The Withdrawal from Afghanistan is Good in the Long Run
The failure to capture Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in November 2001 was a disaster. It allowed Jewish neoconservatives in the government and media to goad an angry American population into going to war with Iraq, despite the fact that Iraq had not been involved in the attack in any way. It also helped justify the long-term American occupation of Afghanistan. And when Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, careful preparations to leave Afghanistan should have begun — something along the lines of the American withdrawal from the Panama Canal Zone.
We had many reasons to leave after bin Laden’s killing:
- The Afghan government was illegitimate, corrupt, and ineffective.
- Afghanistan has a dangerous population. This population can be easily exploited by nations and groups hostile to the United States and NATO to create insurgencies to tie down military resources needed elsewhere.
- Afghanistan is a factor in America’s low-level (so far) civil war. The Deep State and anti-Trump media lied about President Trump tolerating “the Russians” paying bounties to kill Americans — but this lie can go the other way, too. Imagine if a right-leaning news outlet were to accuse a sub-Saharan US Defense Department official of tolerating “Russian” bounties for Afghans to kill white Americans? You think January 6 was bad? And these accusations don’t need to be true!
- No government that gets involved in Afghanistan in the future will fare well, either. If the Chinese go in, they too will face all the same problems the US had.
Even though the withdrawal was long overdue, Kabul’s fall to the Taliban is an epic disaster. There are two parties responsible for it that need to be discussed: the Biden administration and the US Department of Defense.
A Biden Cognitive Nosedive?
Presidencies are unpredictable. Bill Clinton was headed towards irrelevancy before Timothy McVeigh blew up a building. Clinton’s handling of that catastrophe helped him get re-elected. Politics is a strange, long game: Anything can happen — and suddenly. Biden, for his part, has the support of powerful figures in the United States; they rigged an election for him. The media still covers for him, but the Fall of Kabul has the feel of a mortal blow to the Biden administration, like the blow that Hurricane Katrina was to George W. Bush.
It might be the case that the Biden administration began its nosedive on election night. The vote was so obviously rigged that a quarter of a million Americans went to Washington, DC to protest its certification. This was a watershed moment in American politics, when whites no longer believed the media or the Establishment. And things haven’t gotten better since. Biden’s first executive orders were ill-conceived, and they immediately caused an ongoing border crisis. Then the Colonial Pipeline cyber-attack was poorly handled by Biden – and now we have inflation.
Biden’s cognitive decline, which was obvious during the campaign but denied by the mainstream media, is now undeniable. Biden’s routinely incoherent answers to questions attest to this. On July 8, 2021, when asked if there was a chance the US withdrawal from Afghanistan would end up being similar to the embarrassing end of the Vietnam War, Biden responded:
None whatsoever. Zero. . . . The Taliban is not the South — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being airlifted off an embassy the — of the United States from Afghanistan.
In a recent interview with George Stephanopoulos, Biden likewise bumbled:
Look, that’s like askin’ my deceased son Beau, who spent six months in Kosovo and a year in Iraq as a Navy Captain and then Major — I mean, as an Army Major. And, you know, I’m sure h– he had regrets comin’ out of Afganista– I mean, out of Iraq.
Biden has been on vacation throughout the Afghanistan crisis. He might be “on vacation” because he can’t cogently discuss what’s going on.
The Department of Defense
Ultimately, the logistics of the Afghan withdrawal were the responsibility of the US Department of Defense. American withdrawals don’t have to automatically end in disaster. The US left the Panama Canal Zone in 1999, and Panama didn’t collapse into anarchy. What has changed is that the US military is today producing less capable senior officers, and there is also the African Question.
For all of his many faults, I cannot imagine that the late Donald Rumsfeld would have screwed up the withdrawal if he had had enough time to plan for it. Also, having a retired general as Secretary of Defense is a terrible idea. They’re too limited, too used to being obeyed, and are inexperienced in local politics. The military can cover up a crime committed by a sub-Saharan on post or in the barracks with lies and omissions, but a local politician is forced to deal with it when African gang-bangers are threatening white schoolkids at a bus stop. That can’t be hushed up. The Secretary of Defense therefore needs to be a person who has such experience. The ideal candidate should have some military experience, also extensive experience in politics and industry.
But the overarching problem is the African Question. Sub-Saharans are the crack in the Pentagon’s foundation. The US military has too many sub-Saharans in its ranks, and those Africans are over-promoted. There’s no other way to put it. When you promote officers who believe in “civil rights,” you eventually get commanders who think they are fighting “the Klan” while sub-Saharan junior NCOs are carrying out “polar bear attacks” at the post exchange with impunity. Believe in “civil rights” and eventually you will believe anything, no matter how obviously wrong. Officers like General Mark Milley, talking about “white rage” while failing to adequately plan for a major troop withdrawal, are the natural outcome of believing in “civil rights.”
Besides this, the Fall of Kabul boils down to:
- An inaccurate understanding of the Afghan government: its will to fight, capabilities, and legitimacy.
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is incompetent. Simply put, he is a sub-Saharan who was put into the job as a result of pressure from BLM and a belief in Critical Race Theory.
- In the months leading up to the Fall of Kabul, the Department of Defense carried out a demoralizing, anti-white “extremism stand-down.”
- General Mark Milley failed to protect American cities during a domestic Communist/sub-Saharan insurgency. He hid behind a dubious interpretation of the law and was insubordinate. Furthermore, it is possible Milley fears his black troops, but won’t utilize his white ones more fully out of his need to cater to the new order of the day.
- General Officers are selected today in part based on what they think about trendy Leftist flapdoodles such as transgender toilets, not due to genuine competence.
The best response to this crisis I’ve seen so far is from a blogger going by the name of CDR Salamander. (This is another problem: truth-tellers in our dystopian “civil rights” democracy must hide behind pseudonyms.) He argues that since the Afghan Army folded in a fortnight after twenty years of training and being equipped with trillions of dollars of equipment
[e]ven the most die-hard Biden partisan should be demanding the resignation of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Advisor. In another age, they would have all resigned already — but we don’t live in that age.
All the Joint Chiefs of Staff need to resign as one. Either they own their collective failure because they offered this plan as a good one, or they don’t have the confidence of the President and their recommendations not to do this were ignored. Either are sufficient for resignation as honor demands.
They are imminently replaceable. We are bloated and thick with excessively credentialed General and Flag Officers who can take their place.
We might cut the unfortunate Biden some slack due to his dementia, but it is clear that the Democratic Party, the mainstream media, the organized Jewish community, federal law enforcement, and senior military leaders who so loyally support Senile Joe have developed a form of cruel, incompetent insanity. They don’t care if a senile president gets elected by fraud; if American towns are burned; if American monuments, statues, or museums are destroyed; if Afghans die while trying to escape their country; or if Afghan terrorists are settled in Provo.
And we are only eight months into Senile Joe’s regime.
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 After 9/11, the media hyped the Jewish historian Bernard Lewis (1916–2018), using his work to promote the idea that Islamic countries would be easy for the US to occupy.