U.S. Retreating from Afghanistan [Vietnam Redux]

By | August 16, 2021

[August 16, 2021]  When you don’t have allies, you don’t have anything.  In Afghanistan, we just dumped an ally by turning them over to a terror group known as the Taliban.  Perhaps Americans forgot what happened almost exactly to the day, 20 years ago, when Islamic terrorists slammed airliners into buildings making September 11 a day in infamy.  Now, under the Biden Administration, the United States is retreating from Afghanistan.

The world watches as an emergency evacuation of the country continues.  The debacle will not be punished because the darling of the liberal press is Joe Biden, and he has his fingerprints all over it.  Not to be outdone by a total ignorance of reality, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul tweeted out that “June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month … we remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities …”  Kinda hard to support civil right when tanks are rolling down your streets.

The British press is unsparing. From the London Times:

The almost overnight withdrawal of the vast bulk of American troops last month, followed by their counterparts from other Nato countries, set the stage for the collapse of the demoralised Afghan forces.

 The Taliban claimed this morning to have seized Bagram air base outside Kabul, from which American troops departed en masse and unannounced on July 4, leaving behind vehicles, equipment, weapons and ammunition.

Withdrawing this way, not unlike what we did in Vietnam and that proved to be an epic strategic and moral failure, will come back to haunt us.  One can agree or disagree about pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, but it is impossible to say that it was done right.  This looks to be a major foreign policy failure with massively tragic consequences.

I understand that both the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III and Joints Chief of Staff General Mark Milley reminded Biden of what happened when Obama pulled out of Iraq.  The reminder should have struck a nerve because Biden was an architect of perhaps the prime mover of that disastrous decision.  That sudden withdrawal led to ISIS capturing much of Iraq, establishing a caliphate, and terrorizing the West.

As past Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote about several years ago, “Joe Biden was wrong on every foreign policy issue for 40 years.”  It looks like another wrong decision.

The sudden withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO troops from Afghanistan was an unforced error.  President Biden led this effort, and now many will suffer dearly for being on the side of the United States.  And, Joe Biden will be watching from the comfort of Camp David.

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See previous article, “U.S. Retreating from Afghanistan” – https://www.theleadermaker.com/u-s-retreating-from-afghanistan/

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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57 thoughts on “U.S. Retreating from Afghanistan [Vietnam Redux]

  1. Tony Cappalo

    I for one am happy that the images shown are taking President Joe Biden down a notch. The problem is that he doesn’t realize that he is incompetent (for whatever reason).

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  2. Martin Shiell

    This whole debacle is maddening. I recommend reading today’s article by Gen. Satterfield on woke Generals and Admirals. He sears them with the heat of the truth. Our retreat from Afghanistan was done sloppily and it will cost the lives of many. That is what we call “evil.” It is so.

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  3. Clifto S. Salia

    Explosive news. Biden gives press conference, word salad from a teleprompter, and took no questions. Now back to his vacation.

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  4. Ronny Fisher

    As for the Afghans, Biden’s excuses were contradicted by No One Left Behind, an advocacy group for former interpreters. Its chairman said: We adamantly disagree with the President’s assertion that some SIV [special immigrant visa] recipients wanted to stay in Afghanistan.

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    1. Mr. T.J. Asper

      Right, and Joe Biden will be loved again soon by the media.

      Reply
  5. Fred Weber

    Come on now folks, Biden is not going to resign. He is clueless for many reasons, mainly dementia and plain ole stupidty.

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  6. Dead Pool Guy

    Don’t bother our Prez Biden, man, he’s on holiday! Yo hear!

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    1. Doc Blackshear

      Nothing to see here, move along now. Keep looking at me, ignore the people dying. Keep moving, nothing here to bother you. You’re welfare check is in the mail.

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  7. Steve Dade

    Perhaps VIETNAM REDUX would have been a better title. The evacuation of Saigon was the pre-eminent picture of foreign policy failure to now. We are about to witness a replacement. Did you see people falling from the exterior of the USAF C17? If you didn’t and you’re a Democrat, watch it over and over. There is blood on your hands.

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  8. José Luis Rodriguez

    People, you have no idea the ramifications of what Biden-Austin-Miley complex did to the world. The Marxist liberals out there who are celebrating the deaths of many Afghanistan peoples should be ashamed of themselves. I wonder what is going thru the minds of the millions who voted for this man. I hope you remember this the next time you look yourself in the mirror. Gen. Satterfield, thank you for highlighting this epic failure of a “leader.”

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    1. Tony Cappalo

      Shameful…… that is all I’ve got to say at the moment. Saigon redux.

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      1. Randi Jamison

        Twitter is on fire with this new meme, Biden the Idiot, Biden the Dumbass, Biden the Chinaman. Name it, if it involves failure, Biden’s name is on it.

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        1. Willie Strumburger

          Yep, expect something different? In 48 hours this will be off the news cycle. Mark my words, the media has to do this for today but then they will go back to reporting on the favorite ice cream of Kalama and her boy Joe. Then all will be forgotten and forgiven.

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          1. Alex Cramer

            Utter disaster. No surprise here with a dementia patient in charge.

    2. Janna Faulkner

      You got that right Jose. Thanks. I love this website, BTW, Gen. Satterfield is really on top of this major self-inflicted foot in the mouth incident by Joe Biden, the dumbest president ever.

      Reply
  9. Laughing Monkey

    The horrific scenes of ordinary Afghanies falling from our C-17 aircraft hanging on to do anything to avoid the Taliban is heart breaking. But the fact that Joe Biden is hiding in Camp David avoiding the horror of his decision is a price we all must carry. Joe Biden is unfit to be anything, including dog catcher.

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  10. Anya B.

    Even my 14 year old son who is new in Boy Scouts could figure this one out and not pull troops out suddenly. I’m ashamed to be an American today because of Joe Biden.

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      1. Doug Smith

        Truly sad for our country to be seen as such a failure. It is not so much the humiliation of losing to a bunch of RPG / AK47 carrying 10th century tribes but to allow so many who would want to be in the 21st century to die by the hand of these “people” is where the real tragedy lies. Pres. Joe Biden failed the world. Now, he can go back to his diversity and inclusion narrative, that the southern border is just fine, that inflation will never happen, etc. etc.

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        1. Max Foster

          Wow, impossible for me to think that things could be so bad. Biden is truly EVIL. Yes, I said it. EVIL. Don’t ever forget that.

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          1. Jonathan B.

            Don’t be a loss for words Max. Normally you have a lot to say. But that sums it up precisely. EVIL … BIDEN IS EVIL. He proved it.

          2. Rev. Michael Cain

            Too many believe there is no such thing. But I’ve seen evil and Joe Biden is evil incarnate.

      1. Randall Sridhar

        We are seeing EVIL. Biden is evil. Letting people die like this is evil. Pure!

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  11. docwatson44

    It is hard to understand how all this came about but my sister said it in one word, BIDEN.

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  12. McStompie

    The President owns the utter disaster that Afghanistan has become; and the sudden about-face of the Pentagon to send 3,000 fully-armed combat troops back into the fray shows that even the woke military bosses Biden installed can wake up and smell the coffee.

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    1. Dale Paul Fox

      “All those lives lost, and we didn’t resolve anything,” said Bill Craun, a former private military contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq who has authored a new book, Working the Kill Zone. “Now the Taliban is going to kill everyone who had anything to do with us.”

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    2. Darryl Satterly

      That a war that killed or maimed thousands of Americans, many more Afghan civilians and cost a trillion dollars, ended so abruptly with such an ignominious eclipse was shocking.

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  13. Dennis Mathes

    Amazing, …… from CNN (the Communist News Network) and ardent supporter of Pres. Biden comes this comment. “The debacle of the US defeat and chaotic retreat in Afghanistan is a political disaster for Joe Biden, whose failure to orchestrate an urgent and orderly exit will further rock a presidency plagued by crises and stain his legacy.” Yeah, we told you so.

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    1. Bryan Z. Lee

      EPIC is not a strong enough adjective to describe this failure.

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      1. JT Patterson

        How very true. Joe Biden is the worst president ever in the history of the US. He will go down as so bad that people even wanted his VP K. Harris to take over and she is a total moron.

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      2. Big Al

        Zero Biden. Gives new meaning to the idea of epic failure, doesn’t it. I’m shocked. Biden is the dumbest dumbass on planet earth. Oh, did somebody at least change his diaper today?

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        1. Gil Johnson

          I second that and add that he can come to my house to stay as long as he gets the hell out of Washington and stops making decisions.

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  14. corralesdon

    I just wonder what will happen next. What will be the outcome in other areas of the world where the US has troops?

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  15. The Kid 1945

    Thank you, Gen. Satterfield for another spot on article about a major foreign policy failure. The Biden Administration will have blood on their hands for this. Too bad someone had no ability to convince the brain dead Biden to not make such a stupid decision.

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    1. Jeff Blackwater

      Hard to argue with that. I think Biden is so mentally deficient that no one could convince him of anything. Like a kid who wants a lollypop, nothing will deter him.

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      1. British Citizen

        Americans may not know this, look you elected him! Now, us Brits, we know better.

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  16. Tom Bushmaster

    Austin and Miley may have briefed Biden about the possible consequences but their failure was to convince the President that doing a sudden withdrawal would have many unintended consequences and many obvious results like a new killing field. Their failure is also epic!

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  17. Silly Man

    As past Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wrote about several years ago, “Joe Biden was wrong on every foreign policy issue for 40 years.” It looks like another wrong decision.
    Gen. Satterfield, you hit the main point on the head again and exposed Joe Biden for the dumbass he is today and always has been.

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    1. Nick Lighthouse

      Tragic! How could anybody in their right mind have voted for this idiot. Oh, Joe Biden the idiot. Let’s start a meme with that ….

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    2. Plato

      This debacle is not about national humiliation (failure in the face of success) so much as it is about other nations no longer wanting to be part of the U.S. leadership in anything … except maybe LGBTI Q RSTUVWXYZ affairs. Who gives a hoot?!

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      1. Yusaf from Texas

        Shows where Biden’s priorities are and they are not about saving people’s lives but about the Queer.

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      2. British Citizen

        Epic failure…. the dictionary will now have a picture of Joe Biden as part of the definition. Thanks Gen. Satterfield for again highlighting this. Our troops have also “bugged out” as part of the retreat.

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