Did you know? The Patriot Post is funded 100% by its readers. Help us stay front and center in the fight for Liberty and support the 2021 Year-End Campaign.

Fixing the Biden Bug Out in Afghanistan

Ending America’s longest war is the right thing to do. But doing the right thing the wrong way can result in disaster.

“Those who fail to heed history are doomed to repeat it.” This aphorism has been attributed to Edmund Burke, George Santayana and Winston Churchill. Regardless of who said or wrote it first, President Joe Biden should heed it now, before his poorly planned bug out from Afghanistan and his “phase-out of combat troops” from Iraq become disastrous retreats like the sad finale of the Vietnam War in Saigon on April 30, 1975.

On April 14, Biden foolishly announced all U.S. troops would depart Afghanistan by Sept. 11. His crack national security team subsequently decided a bug out on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest attack on our homeland since Pearl Harbor wouldn’t play well, so they moved the date to Sept. 1. Then, on July 26, “Jumping Joe” decided “all U.S. combat troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.”

Nobody wants our military to stay in Afghanistan and Iraq forever, but how we conduct these exits is crucial. Announcing to enemies in advance the timing of any military endeavor has never been a good idea. Successfully executing a “withdrawal” (or “retreat” as Sun Tzu describes the maneuver) requires “most careful preparation … reassuring allies” and “deception to confound enemies.”

Apparently, Biden’s team failed to consider these measures prior to issuing their “Afghanistan withdrawal” order. It was only after we and veterans like Republican Rep. Mike Waltz demanded the rescue of our brave Afghan “Terps” and their families did the White House agree to evacuate them. Now, with the Taliban waging a major countrywide offensive against the Kabul government, the situation looks increasingly like what happened in Saigon in April 1975.

It’s possible the Taliban recall what happened back then better than Biden. In the spring of 1975, the North Vietnamese launched a full-scale assault into South Vietnam. On April 8, President Gerald Ford made a desperate appeal for Congress to approve emergency funding for U.S. efforts to save the Republic of Vietnam. On April 14, freshman U.S. Sen. Biden, along with a majority of his Democrat “colleagues,” said no.

The consequence was inevitable. Tens of thousands of our South Vietnamese allies were subsequently slaughtered or sent to re-education camps where they were brutally indoctrinated in communist ideology. Only those who made it to helicopters at or near our Saigon embassy or those who managed to escape in leaky boats were spared Hanoi’s wrath. What awaits loyal Afghans at the hands of the Taliban will make Hanoi’s re-education camps look like day care centers.

Averting an ignominious, Saigon-like disaster in Afghanistan must now be Biden’s top priority. None of what must take place in the days ahead will be easy. At minimum, the Biden administration has to:

No. 1: Recognize the Taliban clearly intend to seize total control over Afghanistan. Therefore, plans must be devised for preventing Islamist terror groups from using Afghanistan or Iraq as safe havens for launching attacks against the U.S.

No. 2: Recognize the Iranian theocracy as America’s number one adversary in the region.

No. 3: Ensure access and connectivity for employing U.S. airpower in the region.

No. 4: Reinforce the Abraham Accords as essential for both Israeli and U.S. national security.

No. 5: Recognize the communist People’s Republic of China will be the ultimate victor if Kabul 2021 becomes another Saigon 1975.

In our new book, “We Didn’t Fight for Socialism,” more than 500 military veterans made clear not only did they not fight for socialism; they didn’t fight to give up either. Ending America’s longest war is the right thing to do. But doing the right thing the wrong way can result in disaster.


Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.