Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Biden, the Marshmallow In Chief, Has Learned Nothing About Iran and Afghanistan; If Afghanistan Breaks Badly after a U.S. Withdrawal, It’s All on Biden, and related stories

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Biden, the marshmallow in chief, has learned nothing about Iran and Afghanistan:
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted in a memoir that Joe Biden has been wrong on every national security issue that he has ever been involved in. Like the French in the Hundred Years War, Mr. Biden appears to have forgotten nothing and learned nothing. He is showing this regarding both Iran and Afghanistan.
The Iranians are clearly determined to get nuclear weapons. They may be willing to delay that goal to get rid of sanctions, but — like the Germans after World War I — they will subvert international attempts to monitor their weapons program. President Obama was so desperate to get a deal in 2015, that he got virtually nothing in return for a worthless agreement. The Iranians continued bad behavior in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Our new marshmallow in chief appears to be heading in the same direction. The Israelis are made of sterner stuff; they showed it last week with a non-kinetic attack cyber-attack on an Iranian nuclear facility that was clearly engaged in weapons work. Few informed observers doubt that Israel will act kinetically if they believe Iran is on the cusp of getting the bomb. Perhaps President Biden believes that Israel will do his job for him, but if that happens, he will appear to be an even weaker sister than our opponents in the world are obviously learning that he is. --->READ MORE HERE
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If Afghanistan Breaks Badly after a U.S. Withdrawal, It’s All on Biden:
I concur with the house editorial on President Biden’s decision to fully withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11 that concludes, “This withdrawal will likely only swap the unsatisfactory status quo for what we have been trying to avoid coming to pass in Afghanistan the last two decades.”
While I’ve disagreed with Michael Brendan Dougherty on foreign intervention/overseas U.S. military presences/isolationism quite a bit in the past, I think MBD makes the most compelling and articulate case for leaving entirely. If our forces are going to leave the country entirely beyond the standard presence to protect an embassy, they should leave after a long, quiet stretch. The long, quiet stretch that has endured for the past year or two is in large part the fruit of a negotiated ceasefire conditioned upon our departure. Sticking around carries a considerable risk that we’re back to a war footing over there.
I love, and frequently like to cite, the Stephen Covey advice, “Begin with the end in mind.” What is our primary objective in Afghanistan? To prevent terrorists from killing Americans.
Everything else in this discussion – human rights, women’s rights, the geopolitical balance in the region, the promises of past administrations, domestic political pressures – is secondary to that primary objective. If our departure makes it less likely that terrorists will kill Americans, then we should go ahead with it. But if our departure makes it more likely that terrorists will kill Americans, then we shouldn’t go ahead with it. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Biden’s Risky Afghanistan Exit

The Question Biden Won’t Answer

Biden's Precipitous Withdrawal from Afghanistan Could Be Setting US up for Another 9/11

Biden to pull all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

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