Biden’s Blowup: Back to the Future of Islamic Terrorism
On the eve of the 20th observance of the 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation, Biden has re-seeded al-Qa’ida’s terrorist turf – and let the world’s tyrants know they have nothing to fear from him.
“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our won Country’s Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.” —George Washington (1776)
First and foremost, with prayers for the people of this harsh and war-torn nation, particularly the men, women, and children who will be slaughtered in the wake of Biden’s catastrophically failed retreat. And prayers for the families of American service members who died in Afghanistan or are living with severe injuries — some visible, some not. That sacrifice was not in vain, but has now been devalued by Biden.
If you don’t have time to read the following analysis, here is a summary: All the focus in the coming weeks will be on Biden’s failed American retreat strategy and his effort to deflect blame, but the problem was not his plan, it was, and remains, the man. The Taliban have no fear of Joe Biden, which is why they seized Afghanistan in just days. And they have confirmed that the world’s tyrants need have no fear of Biden. The consequences of Biden’s now-obvious failure as commander-in-chief have immediate and dire implications for our national security that extend far beyond the borders of Afghanistan. China, Russia, and Iran are now emboldened. Power does not tolerate a vacuum.
The compressed Afghan exit schedule was motivated by Biden and his Beltway cadres’ desire to take a political victory lap ahead of the 20th observance of the 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation.
There will be NO victory lap. There WILL be more Islamist attacks against the U.S. Brace yourself America.
My perspective on Islamic extremism is informed by both personal experience in the Middle East and many years of national security and counterterrorism threat analysis. I volunteered for military service in 1979, after Jimmy Carter had enabled the Islamic revolution in Iran. I did so believing that the future of our national interests, the future of American Liberty, would be in peril from Islamic threats for generations to come. I had no idea then, the extent or complexity of that peril.
The last time I was in the Afghan region was as part of an official delegation during Bill Clinton’s tenure in office — just before the 9/11 Islamist attack. My lasting impression is one of a vast geographic wasteland hosting enormous human suffering, a country culturally stuck in the sixth century — basically what it is headed back to now after the Taliban resurgence — except the Taliban terrorists now have much better caches of U.S. weapons than those the Soviets left the Mujahideen in 1989. (Members of congress are seeking a full accounting of military weapons and equipment now in Taliban hands.)
Afghanistan was, is, and always will be, irreparably, what President Donald Trump would call a “sh-thole country” – as long as its Islamist rulers persist.
So, how we did we get here, where are we now, and where has Biden left us for the future?
The 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation has its origin with Clinton’s malfeasance, specifically his failure to capture or kill Islamist Sheik Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (OBL) – at least eight opportunities – to kill the head of the al-Qa'ida terrorist network. Clinton knew OBL’s association with those who carried out the first World Trade Center attack in 1993. The State Department had issued clear warnings to Clinton five years before 9/11.
According to Michael Scheuer, head of the CIA unit tasked with capturing or killing OBL, Clinton lied about his opportunities to kill OBL. Scheuer knows well that Clinton actually had “eight to ten” opportunities to kill bin Laden prior to September 11.
After leaving the CIA in 2004, he criticized the September 11 Commission because they did not “condemn Mr. Clinton’s failure to capture or kill bin Laden on any of the eight to 10 chances afforded by CIA reporting,” adding: “It would be in the interest of all Americans to settle this matter. The 9/11 commissioners chose not to. The documents submitted to them prove beyond doubt that Clinton had chances to kill or capture bin Laden. Indeed, on several occasions he, Sandy Berger and Richard Clarke were told that the quality of intelligence was very unlikely ever to be better.”
In 2006 Scheuer wrote, “On behalf of CIA officers who risked their lives in Pakistan and Afghanistan to provide President Clinton with the chance to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, I can only shake my head with wonder over the former president’s unwillingness to accept his direct culpability for bin Laden being alive. … I personally submitted almost 500 pages of material pertaining specifically to missed opportunities to eliminate bin Laden, and I and many other officers testified under oath to the opportunities that were presented to Clinton and his National Security Council. None of these documents have been released to the public, and none of the officers were allowed to testify publicly.”
Clinton could have opted to kill OBL many times, if he had taken the al-Qa'ida threat seriously — as clearly our intelligence and military communities did.
Consequently, OBL’s terrorists started entering our country on Clinton’s watch, and months after he left office, they would carry out OBL’s 9/11 attack. Declining to kill OBL, when we had him in our sights, has had dire consequences for our nation over the last 20 years.
In response to the al-Qa'ida attack, President George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) to take the battle to our enemy’s turf. Our mission was to ensure Afghanistan did not become a safe haven for terrorists targeting the U.S. or Americans around the world. But Bush failed to kill bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and others once they had escaped to the Tora Bora Mountains and beyond. Thus, predictably, mission creep.
Barack Obama asserted it was in our “vital national interests” to alter the focus of OEF from primarily counterterrorism to primarily nation-building, starting with assistance to help the Afghans build a self-defense capacity, and committing more than 100,000 American service personnel to carry out the task. Most American deaths in Afghanistan occurred under Obama’s watch. Obama would then pursue a peace agreement with the Taliban.
It was Donald Trump who finally exhibited the political will to formulate an exit plan to bring most Americans military personnel home, while committing a small stability contingent ongoing, as well as enough air assets to keep the Taliban’s undivided attention. Trump’s drawdown plan had two primary conditions: First that the Taliban cut their ties with al-Qa'ida and ISIS, and second that they successfully negotiate and maintain peace with the Afghan government. With Trump gone, the Taliban discarded those conditions and ousted the Afghan government – and why would they – they have no fear of Biden enforcing those terms.
As it stands today, obviously there is no peace plan with the Afghan government, and there is no evidence that the Taliban ever broke with al-Qa'ida or ISIS, and there is every assurance that those deadly terrorist surrogates will rise again under the Taliban protectorate.
In a casual conversation last March with a former colleague, a national security adviser at a Middle East desk, he asked (rhetorically) how long I thought any Taliban “peace treaty"under Joe Biden would last. I responded: "Long enough for the Taliban to resupply and reload.” I added that with the rise of Sirajuddin Haqqani as the number-two thug in Taliban command, given his close alliance with al-Qa'ida, what could go wrong?
For the record, another key Taliban leader now is Khairullah Khairkhwa, one of the “Taliban Five” who were freed by Obama/Biden in an obscene 2014 exchange for the return of Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl — the search for whom cost numerous other American service personnel their lives. And the Taliban have now freed their most violent adherents from Afghan prisons to enforce the Haqqani/Khairkhwa reign of terror.
Obama’s secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, strongly advised against the Taliban exchange. Panetta now compares Biden’s Afghan failure to John Kennedy’s “Bay of Pigs” fiasco, adding, “I strongly recommend to President Biden that he take responsibility and admit the mistakes that were made.”
Weeks before the Taliban had overrun Afghanistan, we noted national security analyst Thomas Joscelyn’s assessment that the situation on the ground there was much worse than what the Biden administration was portraying. According to Joscelyn: “Just two weeks after President Biden announced on April 14 his decision to withdraw all American forces from Afghanistan by September 11, the Taliban launched a massive offensive. Since May 1, the jihadists have captured a large swath of the country, laying the groundwork for the resurrection of their Islamic emirate. America and its allies have remained mostly indifferent — retreating from the battlefield as the jihadists advance. This is what a lost war looks like.”
In the end, Joscelyn notes: “Biden wasn’t ambivalent about the war either. He was willing to watch the jihadists resurrect the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. And so they have.”
Again, our mission was to ensure Afghanistan did not become a safe haven for terrorists targeting the U.S. or Americans around the world. We had succeeded in that mission at great human and financial cost over two decades, but in only two weeks, Biden has completely abandoned that mission. He has re-seeded al-Qa'ida’s terrorist turf.
Biden’s interview with ABC this week, amid the chaos, exemplified that he was, and remains, completely unprepared to lead as commander in chief. (And, ABC News cut a substantial portion of that interview in order to conceal Biden’s ineptitude and lack of mental acuity.)
According to Biden, there was no way out without chaos. Asked if he thought “this exit could have been handled better in any way, no mistakes,” Biden replied: “No, I…I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that, we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look — but the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know how that happened.”
Biden is the chaos.
Biden says he is confident the Taliban will not align itself with terrorists.
The Taliban are terrorists.
Now, after some 2,448 American military deaths (though not one in the last 18 months), thousands of debilitating injuries, and $978 billion in treasure, the withdrawal under Joe Biden has proven himself to be an unmitigated disaster — a spineless, feckless, and incompetent commander in chief.
Notably, as political analyst Dinesh D'Souza makes clear: “The war wasn’t lost by brave American soldiers who carried out their missions and endured the hardships of surviving and fighting in a distant country. Rather, the war was lost by their leaders, who set impossible goals and then developed strategies that were destined to fail. We can only hope that our country’s leaders will get the message this time and prove a little less utopian, gullible, and inept when America once again dispatches its armed men and women abroad.”
When then-candidate Biden was asked in February of 2020 if he bore any responsibility for the rise of the Taliban, Biden responded, “Zero responsibility.” But the most knowledgeable national security analysts concur that the failed Obama/Biden strategy in 2014 to end Operation Enduring Freedom, which immediately empowered the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and a resurgence of al-Qa'ida elsewhere, is largely responsible for the unfolding tragedy that is Afghanistan today.
Sidebar: Recall that at a 2010 White House signing ceremony for the so-called Affordable Care Act, Biden embraced Obama, and was caught on a live mic saying, “This is a big f—ing deal.” Ten years later, speaking to a Demo operative during the 2020 primary, Obama said, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f— things up.” Apparently, more than half of American voters, if you include all the unverified bulk-mail ballots, grossly underestimated that ability last November.
Memo to Joe: This is a big f—ing deal, in fact a colossal cluster f—, and you f—ed it up.
As the Taliban was overtaking Kabul this week, Biden took a break from his vacation to pass the buck in an address to the nation. Most notably, he blamed Trump, and he blamed the Afghans who he abandoned.
Just last month, Biden declared: “The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There is going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable.” He repeatedly and very publicly assured the nation this would not happen.
But the blame is on Biden, and his deflection won’t work.
Biden knew the risks, and he didn’t send thousands of rapid-deployment troops into Kabul over the last few days to ensure the Taliban would behave. He did so to ensure the American retreat would be covered — and the Taliban knew this. On the other hand, if Trump were in office…
I have always found this to be good advice for life: “When you are in a hole, stop digging.”
Apparently Biden wants to keep digging. In his second address four days after his first, Biden now says, “I cannot promise what the final outcome will be or that it will be without risk of loss, but as commander-in-chief, I can assure you that I will mobilize every resource necessary.” Too little too late. He said, “This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history, and the only country in the world capable of projecting this much power on the far side of the world with this degree of precision is the United States of America.”
Point is, this response is reactive when the planning should have been proactive given the substantial warnings.
For example, abandoning Bagram Air Base 20 miles north of Kabul was a colossal strategic error.
And now Biden claims, “I have seen no questioning of our credibility from our allies around the world.” But that is a LIE – our historic NATO alliance allies have already leveled very pointed criticism of Biden. That would include our closest ally, the UK, where the Parliament is holding Biden in contempt and members have voiced strong objections to Biden’s failure.
Our national security analyst, Gen. B.B. Bell (USA, Ret.), who was NATO’s Land Component Commander for ISAF staffing in Afghanistan during the Bush (43) administration, notes: “The internal and external national security risks to your once-proud country have just skyrocketed. It is difficult to describe the stunningly negative position the United States finds itself in following the cataclysmic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. President Joe Biden’s ill-fated and hapless decision to summarily short-notice withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan will forever be known as the day America’s position in the world order cascaded behind that of China, and for that matter Russia and the European Union as well.”
Biden insists: “Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building. It was never supposed to be creating a unified, centralized democracy,” but nation-building is precisely what he and Obama set about doing in 2014. In 2002, then-Sen. Biden cosponsored massive nation-building legislation for Afghanistan. According to Biden, “In some parts of [the Bush] administration, ‘nation-building’ is a dirty phrase,” adding, “But the alternative to nation-building is chaos — a chaos that churns out bloodthirsty warlords, drug-traffickers, and terrorists.”
Biden said, “Our diplomacy does not hinge on having … U.S. boots on the ground.” But keeping a few thousand troops in the regions seems to have worked well in the last few years. He added: “Our true strategic competitors — China and Russia — would love nothing more than the United States to continue to funnel billions of dollars in resources and attention into stabilizing Afghanistan indefinitely.” Not as much as they are loving the message you have sent to the world about your feckless leadership and the ineptitude of your highest military commanders on full display in this botched retreat.
Biden declared himself brilliant for getting Americans out ahead of the Taliban surge — but it is Biden who empowered the Taliban surge by abandoning the Afghans. He has been asleep at the wheel and ignored the warnings from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley from as far back as March.
As the failed exit strategy was becoming apparent this week, Milley warned members of Congress that Biden’s previous estimate of how long it will take terrorist organizations to reconstitute, given the circumstances, will be greatly reduced. Yet he claims, “There was nothing that I, or anyone else, saw that indicated a collapse of [the Afghan] army and this government in 11 days.”
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan insists that Biden “is taking responsibility for every decision the United States government took with respect to Afghanistan.” Sullivan added, “We, as a national security team, collectively take responsibility for responsibility for every decision…” Thank you for the clarification. Now you can all resign.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell understood the risk: “I was in a number of these briefings over the last couple months, it was pretty obvious to me what was going to happen. I know for a fact that the president’s military leaders argued against this decision. It is a sad day for the United States of America.”
Indeed it is.
McConnell added: “We spend less than 1% of our military budget to keep the lid on Afghanistan. It will cost America much more now.”
OEF vet, former Navy SEAL and now Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) observed, “I was told Joe Biden’s big selling point was his foreign policy acumen.”
He added: “The U.S. presence in Afghanistan was meeting the original strategic goal of denying a safe haven for terrorists and preventing another 9/11. The 18 months before withdrawal saw no U.S. combat deaths. Does that really sound like ‘endless war’ in any traditional sense? More important, does it sound better or worse than the current outcome?”
Another former Navy SEAL, Rob O'Neill, who killed Osama in 2011, was more to the point: “Everything Democrats touch turns to s**t. Prove me wrong. My friends who died for no reason would be disgusted with this administration. Have any of our generals and admirals resigned out of disgrace yet? Do I have this all right?: Our border is wide open, China’s biological weapon is surging, we closed our pipelines but opened Russia’s, the Taliban is back in charge, we are defunding the police and people with penises are women. What did I miss?”
On the other hand, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “The President is to be commended for the clarity of purpose of his statement on Afghanistan and his action. The Taliban must know the world is watching its actions. We are concerned about reports regarding the Taliban’s brutal treatment of all Afghans, especially women and girls. The U.S., the international community and the Afghan government must do everything we can to protect women and girls from inhumane treatment by the Taliban.”
Meanwhile, as the Biden/Blinken State Department is calling on the Taliban to form an “inclusive and representative government,” the terrorists are going door to door, killing Afghan security forces and civilians who assisted Americans, and Afghan women not wearing burkas. (Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid laughably insists, “Our women are Muslim, they will also be happy to be living within our framework of Sharia.”)
Secretary of State Tony Blinken is equally incompetent – and dangerous. Recall that in Blinken’s nomination hearing to be deputy Secretary of State under Obama, the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) fiercely opposed him, stating: “I rise to discuss my opposition to the pending vote concerning Mr. Antony ‘Tony’ Blinken, who is not only unqualified but, in fact, in my view, one of the worst selections of a very bad lot that this president has chosen. In this case, this individual has actually been dangerous to America and to the young men and women who are fighting and serving it.”
The bloodbath is just beginning.
Former president Donald Trump declared: “[Biden] surrendered to the Taliban, who have quickly overtaken Afghanistan and destroyed confidence in American power and influence. The outcome in Afghanistan, including the withdrawal, would have been totally different if the Trump Administration had been in charge. Who or what will Joe Biden surrender to next? Someone should ask him, if they can find him. It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan…”
That raises a key question: What would this withdrawal look like if Trump was still president?
We’ll never know what would have happened if the American troop drawdown had occurred under Trump’s watch as CINC — but we can estimate the consequences with great accuracy. We do know how strong Trump was in holding the line against Russia and China, particularly in regard to holding China responsible for the ChiCom Virus pandemic and fair trade.
But here’s a hint of what the Taliban could have expected under Trump: Obama/Biden slept as Benghazi burned. Biden/Harris slept as Kabul fell.
However, unlike the “deal” that Obama and Biden brokered with Iran, when Trump found out Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was planning an attack on our embassy in Iraq, he dropped a bomb on Soleimani’s head. And that sent a message to every tyrant in the region.
As for Biden’s chronic malfeasance, recall that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted, Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” He even opposed Obama’s approval of the military raid to kill bin Laden.
But there is one searing video image that irrevocably captures the desperation of the Afghan people in the wake of Joe Biden’s catastrophically failed exit plan, and it should haunt him, VP Kamala Harris, and their Beltway political cadre until they draw their last breaths. Desperate Afghan people, clinging to the outside of a C-17 military transport as it departed Kabul, fell to their deaths. You can read about one of them, a 17-year-old Afghan soccer star.
As we approach the 20th observance of the 9/11 Islamic attack on our nation, an attack planned in Afghanistan, the Kabul images are reminiscent of those horrible images of Americans plunging to their deaths from the World Trade Center towers.
Biden’s rush to complete the American retreat for his 9/11 20th observance victory lap is a disaster.
And still to come… There are between 15-20 thousand American citizens stranded around Kabul and other regions. They are unable to obtain safe passage to a point of departure — though Biden insists he has assurances from the Taliban for safe passage out.
While British and French military units are leaving the airport to retrieve their citizens, SecDef Austin has prohibited Americans from leaving the security of the air field. Making matters worse, Austin, when asked about the U.S. military’s capability to get its citizens out, gave an answer that should have gotten him fired on the spot: “We don’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.” Austin added, “We’re gonna get everyone that we can possibly evacuate evacuated, and I’ll do that as long as we possibly can, until the clock runs out, or we run out of capability.”
In response, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said:“There is no clock by which we abandon our fellow citizens to the bloodthirsty Taliban. August 31 was an arbitrary, politically-driven deadline. Biden and Defense Secretary Austin need to correct this immediately. Make it absolutely clear that come hell or high water the United States military will do whatever it takes to get every single American out of Afghanistan.”
Bottom line Austin and Milley: Drawdown 101, any amateur understands that you evacuate the civilians before withdrawing military…
There are serious concerns about whether American citizens will become Taliban hostages. Our sources on the ground in Kabul indicate they do not believe that the Taliban wants further direct confrontation with the thousands of military personnel Biden has rushed in, and would prefer for the U.S. to depart and be done. However, there are numerous Taliban factions of al-Qa'ida terrorists that could well act outside the sketchy chain of command and take hostages or kill Americans.
But no problem, according to Jake Sullivan, “The Taliban have informed us that they are prepared to provide the safe passage of civilians to the airport, and we intend to hold them to that commitment.” I feel much better now!
Of course it would have been a good idea to think this through a few months ago…
Additionally, there are upwards of 80,000 unvetted Afghans ready to claim refugee status and seeking asylum in the U.S. Biden is brining them straight into the U.S. instead of vetting them in a third country. That number will grow to hundreds of thousands and it is fair to assume that some among them are very bad people. (But if you object, you will raise this issue, Demos will label you “racist.”)
Of course it would have been a good idea to think this through a few months ago… but Biden can’t argue against entry having now allowed more than a million unvetted illegal immigrants across our southern border in the last six months.
As for the political implications of Biden’s disaster, most Americans have short attention spans, but if Taliban images of brutalized men, women and children continue to emerge, those images will take a toll on Biden’s approval rating. Biden’s incompetence was already being noticed by a broader swath of Americans before the Afghan spectacle, but his job approval ratings have now cratered, as has his partisan support. And American confidence in Harris continues to drop, which explains why she is leaving for a tour of Southeast Asia in the midst of this crisis.
And his blind lemming support among his fawning Leftmedia fans is beginning to crack. Can you imagine how this disaster would have been covered if Trump was still president? Of course, it would not have happened on Trump’s watch.
Fox News National Security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, quoted a letter from an Afghan woman, an NGO leader whose identity is being withheld for her safety: “We are seeing everything we have built so hard piece-by-piece being lost in Afghanistan. Our 20 years of gains and hard work vanished overnight. The world betrayed Afghanistan, legitimized the savages, and brought them into power. I don’t understand. I am still in shock. Afghans, especially women, will face a very new world, a world of fear, destruction, misery and endless pain.”
But Taliban spokesman Mujahid insists: “The Islamic Emirate is not going to revenge anybody, we do not have any grudges against anybody. We have pardoned anyone, all those who have fought against us. The Islamic Emirate does not have any kind of hostility or animosity with anyone, animosities have come to an end, and we would like to live peacefully.”
But, as noted scholar on the Taliban, Ahmed Rashid, writes in “Taliban 2.0,” today’s adherents are “young, ambitious – and more radical than ever.”
As noted up top, beyond the implications in the Middle East, the Taliban sweep has sent a loud message to the world, particularly to Iranian and Iraqi democracy movements, and especially to Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, confirming what they thought to be true: that tyrants can act with impunity under Biden. Thanks to ChiCom Joe, the Red Chinese are already weaponizing Biden’s impotence, warning Taiwan and Hong Kong that they can’t depend on America.
Again, brace yourself America – now that Biden surrendered to the Taliban, China and Russia are going to test his resolve to defend Taiwan and the Ukraine – and it WILL get ugly. North Korea and Iran will test his resolve to contain their nuclear ambitions. In all cases, they fully expect Biden will blink.
So, is there any good news? Actually, yes. In recent years most Afghan citizens have experienced a level of stability and relative affluence given the U.S. presence, while many of the most dangerous Taliban leaders have been killed. Those factors combined may help with stability moving forward. And, the U.S. got this right. As the Taliban surge was underway, we halted massive transport of dollars – hard currency – into the country, and the U.S. froze billions of dollars in Afghan reserves ensuring those funds would not get into Taliban hands.
Meanwhile, back home, Biden scheduled a presser, a Covid diversion from Kabul. And Biden remains fully focused on what he and Pelosi claim is the real threat to America, those terrorist Trump supporters.
Amid all the smoke, Democrats are endeavoring to accelerate the financial, cultural, and moral bankruptcy of America — doing much more damage than al-Qa'ida could ever hope to do.
However, anyone — ANYONE — who believes that the rise of the Taliban would have occurred under a second Donald Trump term is so deeply deluded that they are now in total denial. The blood of thousands of those being readied for slaughter is on the hands of every impenitent Biden/Harris voter.
(See “Observations on Biden’s Afghan Retreat Failure for additional perspective from across the political spectrum.)
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