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.