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On the Ongoing ClusterFuck of American Retreat from Afghanistan

August 16, 2021 16 comments

Unless you are living on some isolated middle in the middle of an ocean, you will have heard or seen something about the chaotic conditions in aftermath of the ongoing American retreat from Afghanistan. To be fair, the writing was on the wall for a long time- some say, within a few months of the initial occupation of that country in aftermath of 9/11 attacks, almost 20 years ago. Heck, a girl conceived on the day after official beginning of this stupid and costly campaign would have been ‘legal’ last year. Depending on who you ask, it cost somewhere between 1 to 2.2 Trillion dollars to occupy a country for almost two decades- only for the Taliban to overthrow the American puppet government within a couple of weeks.

Did I mention that it cost the lives of over 2 k American soldiers, permanently disabled many thousands more, resulted in deaths of maybe 100-300 k Afghans and caused a low-intensity civil war in that country for almost two decades. And all of this for the achieving little to no permanent change in that country and biggest international humiliation of USA since the Fall of Saigon in 1975. I will give credit to Joe Biden (or whoever runs him nowadays) for making this decision- even though it is still unpopular with the ivy-league and establishment class in this country. Then again, the “credentialed” coastal elite in this country have visibly lost touch with reality many years ago. Ironically, getting out of Afghanistan has been one of the few issues of non-partisan consensus among average voters in this country for past few years.

On the bright side, the chaos after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in 2021 has given us some iconic images and video, which is very comparable to what occurred after the Fall of Saigon in 1975. I guess that not enough people learned the lessons from 1975. Isn’t it interesting that so many of the images from that humiliation are so similar to those from this one- almost 46 years later. It helps that smartphones have become common enough to have video clips from different angles of people plummeting from planes taking off from Kabul (link 1, link 2 and link 3). I cannot resist the irony of pointing out that the latest American puppet aka Ashraf Ghani wrote an article in LA Times on Feb 15, 1989 which began with the following sentence- “The Soviets have left Afghanistan, making the collapse of besieged puppet regime in Kabul just a matter of time”- here is an easier to read link.

Oddly enough the Soviet puppet government lasted for about three years after Soviet Army left. Ghani flew out (allegedly to Oman) before the Taliban even stepped in Kabul, and within a couple of weeks after the final collapse of his puppet regime started. I am sure he will end up living in some ostentatious MacMansion in the suburbs of DC or nearby Virginia. After all, he has certainly stolen and stashed enough money to afford a very nice lifestyle in some western country. Perhaps he will rehabilitated by American mainstream media as a commentator within a few years- if the country survives in its present form till them. Which brings me to the next issue- how will this affect the rapidly declining image and real-life capability of USA and West?

Let me remind you that USSR fell within 3-4 years of withdrawing from Afghanistan. Many of you might think this was obvious- but hindsight is a lie. Things were going downhill there for at least a decade before the final collapse in 1991. They had a highly dysfunctional economic system, series of geriatric leaders, a public relations disaster in the form of Chernobyl and the withdrawal from Afghanistan. In 2021, USA has had well over a decade of rapidly increasing inequality, decades of deindustrialization, a dysfunctional political and administrative system, elites with no contact to reality, a president with senile dementia, record political polarization, mishandling of COVID-19 pandemic at multiple level of government and now the humiliation of withdrawing from Afghanistan. History may not repeat, but if often rhymes.

What do you think? Comments?