President Joe Biden has become the master of unforced errors. He is completely correct to enhance US-UK-Australian military cooperation to balance against China. But there was no reason to alienate France and possibly the EU in the process – Brandon J. Weichert in The Asia Times
The recent revelations that the US military murdered a family in Afghanistan in a drone strike are a distraction from the story about General Mark Milley undermining former President Donald Trump. The question is: is Biden trying to protect Milley or force him out? Read on to find out.
An autopsy for why Donald J. Trump, the most dynamic man elected to the presidency in decades, lost in 2020…and why the GOP will keep losing (SPOILER ALERT: it’s not COVID denialism, anti-vax mania, or “Stolen Election” claims. It’s a return to fact-based politics).
America has ended its quixotic mission to civilize Afghanistan in failure. It has left citizens and billions of dollars of military equipment behind as the final flight departed from the Kabul Airport. This is a catastrophic failure of the Biden Administration, the US military leadership, the greedy US defense contractors, the sclerotic intel services, and the overall bipartisan elite who purport to rule us. One way or another, in the wake of this failure, heads will roll–either in Afghanistan or in Washington, D.C.
The Taliban handed over security for much of the airport in Kabul to the Haqqani Network, an ally of both the Taliban and IS-K in Afghanistan. That’s why there are 13 dead Americans today…and it’s another indication of how badly President Biden got played by the Taliban.
The American collapse in Afghanistan is not an isolated event under President Joe Biden’s leadership. We are in the terminal decline phase of the end of empire, or in America’s case, superpower. What comes next will be horrific for America.
America’s enemies (and allies) have long assumed that, because we’re the lone Superpower, we were governed by evil geniuses. They are now realizing, in fact, we are government by idiots. While it’s nice to be loved it’s good to be feared. Nothing good comes from being deemed big and dumb…which China, Russia, Iran, and our other rivals now do, thanks to the horrible debacle in Afghanistan.
In his most recent op-ed for The Asia Times, Brandon J. Weichert describes his fears that the Taliban might be plotting a bloody farewell to the American withdrawal, which is not going well already.
In the weekend long read, Brandon J. Weichert breaks down the truth about the Afghan National Army, why they failed to stop the Taliban advance, and why the Biden Administration will not learn from these failures (and repeat them elsewhere, notably in Africa).
In Brandon J. Weichert’s recent op-ed for The Asia Times, he assesses how dangerous of a moment the Biden withdrawal from Afghanistan really is. Yes, we needed to go. No, we did not need to leave like this.