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NATO command reported 705 civilian deaths in Afghanistan in April/May of *this year* while the US was still a combatant in the civil war, which has now ended. I don’t recall those deaths even raising an eyebrow. So yes, 99% of pundits posturing as “humanitarians” are full of shit— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 23, 2021
“One: For 20 years, politicians, elites and D.C. military leaders lied to us about Afghanistan.— curtmills (@CurtMills) August 23, 2021
Two: What happened last week was inevitable, and anyone saying differently is still lying to you.”
A typical method of emotionally coping with the war in Afghanistan is that it was about apprehending Osama Bin Laden. That’s not true. Also, he was killed back in 2012, and it’s 2021—what gives?https://t.co/Mm4B5FcuJ7 pic.twitter.com/R0rcG0BJit— lndian Bronson (@lndian_Bronson) August 21, 2021
The Bush administration’s foreign policy is universally held in contempt by everyone but MSNBC Republicans. As bad as you think it was, it was much worse. The Taliban tried to surrender 20 years ago with basically no demands, and was rejected. https://t.co/zemg421H8n pic.twitter.com/OskuOrpBJQ— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) August 23, 2021
When Trump announced plans to withdraw from Syria in 2018, there was an enormous media freakout. Shrill conspiracy theorizing that Putin was pulling the strings and the US-led international order was collapsing. Mattis resigned in protest.— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 23, 2021
And then withdrawal didn’t even happen! https://t.co/Mx6ew8WMkC
A lot of the current “Western” anger over Afghanistan derives from journalists, NGOs, diplomats, contractors, etc. losing their little US military-backed international oasis in Kabul pic.twitter.com/lyj0uizPhN— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 23, 2021
Liz Cheney is right on this point. Biden absolutely could have reversed and abandoned Trump’s agreement with the Taliban had he wanted to. He didn’t want to for one simple reason: he agreed with it — believed it was time to leave — and has said so for a full decade: https://t.co/8sDgpVGmph— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 23, 2021
Trump says Biden should be impeached not for the execution on the withdrawal, but for “surrendering to the Taliban.” That’s somehow supposed to be consistent with the idea he would’ve ended the war. If you’re stupid enough to buy this, donate now to “increase your impact by 300%” pic.twitter.com/xxEgKxgbC3— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) August 22, 2021
GOP governors in these states are supporting/enabling Afghan refugee resettlement: Utah, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) August 22, 2021
Mitch McConnell has also signaled in favor
What is the alternative to our devastating withdrawal from Afghanistan?
- Break the peace deal with the Taliban
- Go to war with the Taliban
- Occupy Afghanistan forever against the will of its own people
- Resettle hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in the West
- Salute the failed generals and “intelligence community” who assured us for 20 years that we were “making progress” in Afghanistan
- Restart the endless grift that has made a fortune for defense contractors in Afghanistan
- Recommit to throwing money and lives down this rathole
Such is the GOP position on Afghanistan in 2021.
As you can see, these elderly conservative politicians will assuredly squander yet another congressional majority should they emerge victorious in the 2022 midterms.
Note: I’m tired of the Afghanistan coverage, but we need to strongly push back against this or else we could easily stumble back into another war.