Millroy: Trump, Traffic Lines and Anti-Lockdown Organizers Face The Music

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U.S President Joe Biden has pretty well undone everything his predecessor, Donald Trump, put into place during his four years in office.

Yet he allowed to stand and indeed followed up on the one Trump decision that has the distinct possibility of leaving an indelible stain on his own time in office.

He gave his stamp of approval to Trump’s decision to pull all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the proposed date for the final group to leave set at Aug. 31.

The result of Biden’s decision has been catastrophic, with the Taliban marching virtually unhindered across the country, taking major centre after major centre until they finally got it all.

As of this writing I have not heard of a bloodbath, but I am pretty sure one will come.
And Biden in large part will be responsible.

He made the move despite cautioning from his generals and security officials that it was wrong, that it would put Americans in as much risk by withdrawing as it would bv staying.

Yes, there would be loss of life if they stayed, but at least their intelligence agencies would have first-hand knowledge of what was going on.

Now, when there is no one left to feed them the information, they will be operating blindly.

Yes, this was a war that was never going to be won by the Americans or the Afghans, but according to the words of several top generals “it could be managed.”

Now it has indeed been lost, Americans fleeing with their tails between their legs.
When I think of what is going to happen to women and children under the Taliban, and those who in any way assisted the Americans, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

After all, the Taliban fighters display the same savagery as the Islamic State forces did, killing indiscriminately.

Biden may have saved a lot of American lives with his decision to withdraw but that figure will be nothing compared to the figure of Afghan lives lost from the Taliban takeover. This may be too harsh a judgment but it seems like in his mind American lives matter but Afghan lives don’t.

However, the president will probably be able to sleep at night with a clear conscience as he says he still believes he made the right decision.

Placed in his position and having made such a decision, I don’t think I would be able to even crawl into bed.

The visions of those exposed to the cruelty of the Taliban would be just too real.
And this is all happening because of Biden’s decision to leave the Afghans to their own devices, something it has become obvious that even after all these years they are ill-equipped to handle.

A story in The Washington Post this week said that last month Biden vowed that his decision to pull American forces out of Afghanistan would never end in a repeat of the infamous helicopter evacuation from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon at the ignominious close of the Vietnam War.
“There’s going to be no circumstance when you’re going to see people being lifted off the roof,” he said.

Well, it may be they are not being lifted off rooftops but they are being lifted, helicopters filling the sky.

The drama playing out in Afghanistan is now closer to the scenario in Vietnam than the president obviously envisioned as he has found himself ordering thousands of troops back into Kabul to help evacuate American diplomats from the bunkered U.S. Embassy.
I am not hanging all the blame for this debacle on the Americans. After all, they hung in there after most had left.

Indeed, Canada and others, having gone in there originally, should have maintained a presence.

It was unconscionable to leave the fate of so many in the hands of what has proved to be an Afghan military that doesn’t seem to be able to function without the outside leadership provided by those who left.

I DON’T THINK I will ever end up not having a comment on how some traffic lines are laid down in this city.

The latest comment I have concerns the lines on Bay Street as they turn north.
Bay Street at this point is very wide but the north lane makes the turn as if there is a standard lane width.

I think it would be much safer and easier to deal with if the line marking was put more toward the middle of the two lanes.

That would leave a little flexibilty for movement to the right when making the turn to head north in the lane that leads to Church Street.

SEVERAL PEOPLE involved in the anti-lockdown protests that took place in this city a few months received summonses from police.

Organizers face a fine of at least $10,000 while participants could face a minimum fine of $880.

Some organizers were summonsed several weeks in a row.

I would suggest all charges against those who simply attended the protests held at Bellevue Park should be dropped as police were very selective in who they charged.

They did not charge all who attended, only some, and we were never informed as to how the decision was made to charge the few rather than the many.

However, when it comes to the organizers, I say go get them. They were flouting the law and they knew it.

One, Frasier, Keany, was nailed four times but vowed he would continue to speak out against the provincial lockdown.

Actually, I don’t have a problem with people speaking out. After all, we live in a free society.

However, it depends on how it is done.

Organizing a protest at which many will attend, most unmasked, during a pandemic is not the way to do it.

So if people like Heany want to continue to flout the law, I say they better be prepared to pay.

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. For 20 years the U.S.A. troops trained the Afghan army to fight for themselves and supplied them with Training-Weapons and Equipment and lost several hundreds of their own troops doing it.
    How long is the U.S.A. expected to do this?
    When the time came for the Afghans to begin their own fight they ran away like cowards. Their Leader took all the money he could find and left the Country. The Taliban were former leaders of Afghanistan and have now retaken it.
    Perhaps it is time to leave Afghanistan alone with their own problems. U.S.A. cannot fix the problems in other countries when they need to fix their own problems in their own country

  2. antivax rally organizers like Mr. Keaney (and a former SaultOnline writer Mr. Skinner) deserve their fines, and if they don’t pay they should lose their licenses etc.

    people have had enough of the infantile antics of those people.

  3. The Taliban are not happy campers and have visions of world domination. Someone better start a campaign against these terrorists before it’s entirely too late. The US can’t continue to backup a country that doesn’t even want to help itself.

  4. Doug….I think you have exhausted your line painting campaign…they are not listening at city hall.
    When the President of Afghanistan leaves the country and his soldiers refuse to fight the Taliban the USA is right to pull the plug and go home.

  5. Has anyone else seen the mass amount of young men trying to escape,by clinging to a plane on the tarmac? It seems that they would rather other countries fight their battles.

  6. Sergeant John Wayne Faught and Master Cpl. Scott Francis Vernelli, both from Sault Ste Marie, were both killed by IEDs (improvised explosive devices) in Afghanistan.

    Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, granddaughter of a distinguished longtime local physician, the late Dr. Michael West, was killed by the Taliban in a fire fight, the first Canadian female soldier to ever die in combat.

    Tragically, 159 Canadian soldiers died in Afghanistan.

    Canada spent over $18 billion fighting in Afghanistan.

    In 2014, Canada’s 12-year military role in Afghanistan came to an end.

    Although Afghanistan was the base for al-Qaeda, none of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Afghan.

    Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, masterminded by Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush demanded that the Taliban hand over bin Laden.

    The Taliban demanded clear evidence of his involvement in the attacks, which the US refused to provide and dismissed as a delaying tactic.

    On October 7, 2001 the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.

    The mission, Bush said, was “to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations.”

    If that was the mission of the invasion, it was swiftly accomplished when overwhelming American military power drove al-Qaeda and bin Laden into Pakistan by December 16, 2001.

    At that point, the US should have declared victory and gone home.

    Instead, he US installed a puppet government and set out on a mission of nation-building, opposed by the Taliban.

    Bin Laden was finally tracked down and killed in Pakistan in 2011, another point at which the US could have, should have, proclaimed complete victory and gone home.

    The Afghan War has so far cost the U.S. $2 trillion. 2,400 American soldiers and 1,700 American civilian contractors (mercenaries) have been killed, 20,000 wounded.

    Tens of thousands will need ongoing medical care, projected to cost another $1 trillion by 2040.

    More than 4X as many American soldiers died by suicide than were killed on the battlefield.

    7,057 American service members have died during military operations since 9/11, while suicides among active duty personnel and veterans have reached 30,177.

    About 250,000 people have been killed in the Afghanistan and Pakistan war zone since 2001, including 1,344 civilians; 78,314 Afghan military and police; and 84,191 Taliban fighters.

    Senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war throughout the 20-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

    The U.S. and its allies, including Canada, waged an unwinnable war against a popular insurgency, to prop up an unpopular and corrupt puppet government.

    This is consistent with past U.S. policy, backing unpopular, often despotic rulers – Chiang Kai-shek in pre-Mao China, Batista in pre-Castro Cuba, Diem in Vietnam, Pinochet in Chile and the Shah in Iran.

    The US, tacitly acknowledging defeat at the hands of the Taliban, is turning tail and running, abandoning its allies, just as they abandoned the Kurds in Syria and the Vietnamese in South Vietnam..

    Russia, North Korea, China and Iran are taking note – as are America’s friends.

    The U.S. is reaping what they sowed – the ultimate blowback.
    What was gained by 20 years of warfare?

    After al-Qaeda fled Afghanistan in December 2001, the Taliban was no longer an existential threat to the U.S. or the West or Canada.

    Afghanistan was a counter-insurgency war — such wars are almost impossible to resolve on the battlefield and require instead political solutions.

    The Taliban insurgency was an instrument of neighbouring Pakistan.

    Without the means or the will among Canada, the US and NATO to engage Pakistan politically, or to take the war across the border, there was no chance to secure and build a safe Afghanistan.

    In the end, the Canadian and allied exertions and sacrifices in Afghanistan did nothing to change the underlying conditions of this conflict.

    At best, the US is leaving behind a mess; at worst, its withdrawal will precipitate strategic setbacks and a humanitarian disaster.

    “We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing there,” said Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations.
    He added: “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.”

    “What did we get for this $1 trillion effort? Was it worth $1 trillion?” “After the killing of Osama bin Laden, I said that Osama was probably laughing in his watery grave considering how much we have spent on Afghanistan.”

    “Who will say this was not all in vain?”

  7. As far as the Afghanistan transition from their country to ours and the USA, are Trudeau and Biden going to make sure that there aren’t any Taliban in the mix. I’m sure that at least some of them want to leave the war torn country to settle in our country and then, what happens? Are they going to act like they did in Afghanistan? We have enough crime here, we don’t need more. And as far as the Pandemic is concerned, I’m sure that some of them haven’t been immunized and are carrying the virus.

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