As this is written, at least 13 US troops including Marines and a Navy Medic have been killed in suicide bombings in and around the Kabul airport in Afghanistan attributed to an offshoot of the Islamic State.
It may get worse, especially as many Americans will be left behind and tens of thousands of Afghans who were allied with the United States may well be butchered.
Amid the death, destruction, a number of prominent Republicans are already clamoring for President Joe Biden’s resignation or, failing that, his impeachment.
There is no real chance for an impeachment given that Biden’s Democratic party controls both houses of Congress and, therefore, all key committees in both the House and Senate.
Moreover, any impeachment under current conditions, even if it went forward, would have far-reaching consequences as it would expose massive failures in the National Security Council and State Department, the failed intelligence agencies and the military.
The core of the problem was the foolish decision by Biden to prematurely remove US troops based on a faulty deal cut between the Taliban, the State Department and the NSC. That deal required the US to leave behind only a skeletal military crew of no more than 700 personnel, confined to the Kabul airport.
Apparently whatever assurances that were made to allow passage to the airport (if there were any assurances) were violated right from the start, as the Taliban allegedly went around killing former officials, translators, newsmen and others, and shooting up Afghans trying to go to the airport, killing men, women and children.
None of this dissuaded the Biden administration from strictly enforcing the “deal” even though the level of risk was rising exponentially.
Making matters worse, the Defense Department – which these days is run by an ex-General – and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who all knew with absolute certainty that the evacuation plan was a gross mistake, never attempted to persuade Biden, the NSC or the State Departement to change the plan.
Indeed, many in Washington see the performance of the Pentagon as craven and accuse it of causing the death of valiant young military personnel doing their best to save lives by evacuating Americans and their allies in Kabul.
Indeed, the first indication that a disaster was in the making was when the Defense Department ordered Bagram to be abandoned in the middle of the night in early July. As Americans furtively left the base under cover of darkness, they made sure to turn off the electricity and yank out the radars and communication gear at the heart of the Bagram base.
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