The Fall of Kabul…

…started in 2001:

Harriet Miers, serving as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary, gave George W. Bush his Presidential Daily Briefing entitled Bin Laden determined to strike in US. He went off on a bike ride, and took no action. He was on vacation, after all.

This picture was taken that day, this might actually be the ill-fated memo.

September 11, followed, and the rest is our sad history. For me, this date marks the absolute descent into Hell, the exact moment when we had our souls ripped away and so much tragedy, so much grief, so much suffering around the world really began in earnest.

Take a moment today to consider what might have been different if the idiot son of an asshole, an illiterate, dry-drunk, sonofabitch had not been illegally installed by The Supreme Court to be our president.

The neocons had their fever dream and millions of lost lives later (and trillions of Ameros) the project of building a democratic nation of war lords in tribal lands has failed…

…and the US is evacuating another embassy in Asia. (And we note that the media’s technology is vastly improved since the Fall of Saigon, so expect the coverage and imagery to be more dramatic.)

The WaPo:

“Taliban fighters entered Kabul on Sunday and sought the unconditional surrender of the central government, officials said, as Afghans and foreigners alike raced for the exit, signaling the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking Afghanistan.

“The beleaguered central government meanwhile sought an interim administration, but increasingly had few cards to play. Civilians fearing that the Taliban could reimpose a brutal rule that all but eliminated women’s rights rushed to leave the country, lining up at cash machines to withdraw their life savings. Helicopters buzzed overhead, some apparently evacuating personnel at the U.S. Embassy.”

The Taliban, who was our target in the ugly beginning, has returned with all the violence and cruelty intact.

These cards were dealt 20 years ago, President Biden didn’t have a lot of options (Hair Füror had already committed to withdrawal); the details of leaving could have been handled better, but the results would be exactly the same. Two months, two years, two decades more to leave, it wouldn’t matter.

So, thanks a lot, Chimpy. Your legacy of epic failure continues unabated.

Will we ever learn our lesson?

(I’m filing Afghanistan under “Shit the Left was right about all along.”)

(Note: sorry for the lack of posts, but Our Failed Political Press™ is making this the only story today, and they are presenting it without context.)

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29 Responses to The Fall of Kabul…

  1. Jimmy T says:

    Afghanistan is where empires go to die. It happened to the English, to the Russians, and it may easily happen to us as well. The former former guy should have gone in and got Bin Laden, and then gotten out, but no. It’s not certain the the American era is over, but it’s possible and maybe probable. We laid Afghanistan to waste spent trillions lost thousands of American lives, and for what…
    https://thediplomat.com/2017/06/why-is-afghanistan-the-graveyard-of-empires/

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  2. R White says:

    The dry-drunk, ex-coke fiend dubya not only ignored the 9/11 memo as he was probably being ‘serviced’ by the equally shallow Miers, but he later sat on urgent intelligence that Bin Laden was hiding out in Tora Bora and vulnerable due to his health issues and the remoteness of where he was hiding out.

    Yet another indicator that neither dubya, nor the real president, cheney, wanted to avert disaster or tie off the expensive ‘war on terror’ by eliminating the ultimate republican boogeyman, CIA stooge and good friend of the bushes, osama bin laden.

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    • tengrain says:

      True dat, and I will add that driving the Suuni Taliban into the badlands of Pakistan was a dumbass move, too. I don’t know if I think Prznint Cheney did it deliberately, but driving the Taliban into Sh’ite Iran would have solved their current resurgence. Heh.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • R White says:

        The worst thing in the world is to ever allow politicians or bureaucrats to make foreign policy decisions with no basic knowledge of the different fighting factions and their shared histories within a region.

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      • Sainted Johnny “Maverick” McCain of nepotistic memory : “We should just sit down those Sunni and Shia’s and knock some sense into them”

        I will say that I”m pleasantly surprised that my very first thought upon seeing the twowers fall “We’re gonna nuke someone over this” did not come to pass.

        Side note…one of my very favorite memories of my time in NY was eating dinner at the “Athens [something]” restaurant on the west side, we asked for a window seat and they very graciously let us sit up on the second floor, as we watched a storm roll down the Hudson to Manhattan and we got to watch lightning playing around the top of the Towers.

        Pretty sure the restaurant doesn’t exist any more, but that was a magical evening.

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    • MDavis says:

      The way I remember the news from that period was ObL kept getting pulled out of the hat – oooh, look out, bin Laden is scary! – every time it looked like the the Dems might make some progress against whatever the Rs were pushing at the time. For 7 long years – every time. Remember the “news report” when the latest picture or video of Osama showed a non-gray beard, the report that Middle Eastern men often died their beards to appear younger, that’s just science?
      There were analyses of picturs debating whether the backgrounds (and that beard) proved that the Cheneys, er, Bushies were recycling the images for the jump-scare effect.
      Memory – it’s a superpower. Driftglass told me so.

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      • 2004 election “Wolves” commercial. We are so fucking lucky that Cheney was a product of the Establishment and Trump was so fucking incompetent.

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      • Ten Bears says:

        I think I wore this one out ~ Terra terra terra, terra all the time. BE AFRAID Be Afraid be very afraid. Oh yeah, Usama binDead of liver failure since Dec ’01 there were obits published ’round the world is comin’ t’get’cha … gonna rape all the (white) women and steal all the jobs ~ wore out variations. Got tired of it myself.

        By-the-bye, I mentioned the other day Mike pointed at me, back when, and it was my best hit count yet. That [paraphrased, truncated] was the post.

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      • glitterbug says:

        Don’t forget the anthrax

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  3. R White says:

    Will we ever learn our lesson?

    Nope. Us scissorheads and many other liberals are all ‘cassandras,’ who actually pay attention and have learned from past mistakes and history only to be ignored as your average ‘murican, who lacks any real attention span or intelligence, falls victim by continuing to vote for morally bankrupt republicans time after time expecting different outcomes.

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  4. roket says:

    Not to worry. Dawg forgives Christian Soldger nations for trespassing, manslaughter and theft especially when they’re doing it for the other nations’ own good.

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  5. Czippie L'Shimp says:

    “Will we ever learn our lesson?”

    It depends. Is the lesson that the left is often correct, and should have a voice? – Then no, we will always get a pat on the head, and be relegated to the children’s table at dinner.

    Is the lesson that war makes Dick & friends a fuck-ton of money? – Then yes, that lesson is heard loud and clear. As was evidenced by Dick’s advisors who held a seminar before the invasion discussing profiting in the upcoming war. Those were good times, eh?

    Oh, and one more lesson: There will NEVER be repercussions for mistakes that make big profits off taxpayer money.

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    • MDavis says:

      “…we will always get a pat on the head, and be relegated to the children’s table at dinner.”
      Hold up Czippie. There are actual members of the Dem party in office, with some kind of power. Seems to me that standing up to bullies and making the Dem table be the adults table it actually is.
      Too bad real life doesn’t pan out this way.
      [insert sigh emoji]

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      • Czippie L'Shimp says:

        Well, yes. Sadly however, the only power Dems in office seem to posses is the power to hold their breath until they turn blue. It’s hard to flex that power though, when the R’s are actively strangling them.

        Crossed purposes, same result.

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  6. spotthedog says:

    Winning hearts and minds since (at least) 1964.

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  7. H-Bob says:

    Some comedian said ‘Barbara Bush married one George Bush and gave birth to a worse George Bush!” So Tengrain, you’re wrong – he wasn’t the son of an asshole, he was the son of two assholes!

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  8. IbnBob says:

    May be less of a problem than it looks. We get along pretty well okay with Salafi Arabia, after all.

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  9. Redhand says:

    So, thanks a lot, Chimpy. Your legacy of epic failure continues unabated.

    Will we ever learn our lesson?

    Almost 20 years to the month after 9/11. I never understood why, since we considered ourselves an “empire” back then — remember the hubris of Robert D. Kaplan’s Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond? we didn’t view invading Afghanistan and dispatching bin Laden as a Roman-style punitive expedition. Exact revenge and let them think about the consequences of fucking with us.

    But noooooooooo!

    I think Tengrain is right, that killing bin Laden would not have given Cheney the maneuvering room necessary to execute the Neocon wet dream of “democratizing” the Middle East (and making the region a series of vassal states).

    How would our history have run for the better if the election in 2000 had not been stolen by that sonofabitch Scalia, or Putin’s puppet hadn’t helped the Orange Asshole “win” in 2016? Maybe these are the two fatal turning points in our history.

    I’m a pessimist. I think the 21st Century will mark the end of our little two-century experiment of “representative democracy.” I just don’t see us coming back from all this, what with one of our political parties being full-on fascist now., and a third of the population suffering from loss of a fat conman as The Great White Hope.

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  10. “Will we ever learn our lesson?”
    NO. Next question.

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  11. glitterbug says:

    Hey TG! Check out @Stonekettle on the Twitter, 50 ish former Naval Chief Warrant Officer who takes no shit and is stuck in the FL panhandle. Gaetz district,

    And BTW, I love you TG

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    • tengrain says:

      I have followed Stonekettle for years, maybe even a decade. He does not follow me, tho.

      His banter with his followers is amusing, and when he’s got something to say, he’s very good. I’ve been watching him during the Afghan thing, and he is hitting some pretty good points very hard.

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  12. MDavis says:

    Who’s a twit?

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