Kids, this is what it was like. pic.twitter.com/BlWrjCe8LL— mattgallagher0 (@MattGallagher0) August 20, 2021
I am really struggling to think of a time when I despaired more for the country and had so much contempt not just for both parties, but the bases of both parties.— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) August 19, 2021
Yes. The answer is yes. https://t.co/sYCWP5IkFr— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 17, 2021
The devastating consequences of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan will be long lasting. Our duty now is to save every American and every Afghan who helped us.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 20, 2021
‘Please Don’t Leave Us Behind. We Will Be Great Americans.’ – The Bulwark https://t.co/4pevVWUJ2h
“The only country capable of projecting this much power, with this much precision, on the other side of the world, is the United States of America.”— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 21, 2021
I was struck by this from Joe Biden: He boasts of our military might as we abandon the fight, of our power as we choose defeat.
In case you were wondering, they haven’t learned anything from a twenty year occupation of Afghanistan that made the Taliban more popular. In their view, we simply lost patience with our colonial responsibilities. Liberal democracy only needed another twenty years to flourish there.
“Of all the empty, pointless statements that are periodically repeated by Western politicians, none is more empty and pointless than this one: “There can be no military solution to this conflict.” …
That’s also why the phenomenon of liberal internationalism—or “neocon internationalism” if you don’t like it—exists: Because sometimes only guns can prevent violent extremists from taking power. Yet many people in the liberal democratic world, perhaps most people, don’t want to believe this. They have long found these tools either too distasteful or too expensive. …
Many will argue, in the coming days, that Afghanistan was not in fact an American defeat or a Western defeat, and in a sense they are right. The U.S. did not surrender; it lost patience and decided to leave. …
We might not want any of this to be true. We might prefer a different world, one where we can stay out of their way and they will stay out of ours. But that’s not the world that we live in. In the real world, the battle to defend liberal democracy is sometimes a real battle, a military battle, not merely an ideological battle. It cannot always be fought with language, arguments, conferences, or diplomacy, or by deploying human-rights organizations, UN declarations, and fierce EU statements of concern. Or rather, you can try to fight it that way, but you will lose.”
Military power solves everything.
This was the delusion that was at the core of the war in Afghanistan. We could simply go into a country, overthrow the government and transform the people who live there into degenerate and deracinated Westerners because that worked in some non-Islamic countries after World War II.