Sedona AZ (August 28, 2021) – So now the U.S. and the Taliban have something in common – an enemy that hates them both.
Perhaps this is the unifier both governments need to beget cooperation at the military level to take out the latest ISIS variant that bombed the airport.
Maybe the Taliban should graciously allow the U.S. to continue their evacuation past the presidentially imposed August 31 deadline as a show of good faith and a way to keep their airport open with our help once the evacuations are done.
Maybe they can pool resources and intelligence and hunt down those responsible for the Kabul Airport bombing.
Maybe there is a Santa Claus.
While a cacophony of voices from one-end of the political spectrum to the other are calling for the heads of President Biden and his advisors, the truth be told few options are available other than staying the course.
Think it through.
We can’t send whatever is left of our troops at the airport into the city to take out any Taliban in our way to free American citizens because we won’t know who we are fighting if the Taliban hide in civilian community. And if we did attack, the Taliban would go on a killing spree taking citizens and civilians out.
We can’t bomb them from above because bombs can’t tell the difference between civilians, American citizens and the Taliban.
We don’t have enough assets in place to be able to launch an effective incursion into Taliban strongholds without incurring heavy losses, being surrounded and possibly being defeated. We would need to mobilize 20,000 or more troops in a couple of weeks and that’s just not going to happen.
At most, Special Forces in the dead of night can go into the city and nearby communities and rescue Afghans that worked with the U.S. but a full scale mission is out of the question.
So, the only choice for Biden is to maintain the course, talk tough and try to get as many American citizens and Afghan refugees as we can out before the expiration date.
Sadly, ISIS did get a last punch in with a tragic bombing at the airport gate that killed civilians, American soldiers and probably a few Taliban but the recent drone attack from the U.S. that may have killed the planners of the terrorists attacks, might get ISIS thinking twice before executing another.
If the Taliban want to legitimize their existence and be recognized internationally as a bona-fide government it’s in their best interest to work with us in finding and destroying our common enemy while projecting to the world a semblance of civility by allowing women to gain rights and be accepted into society.
One last thing. Everybody has been shaking their heads in astonishment on how quickly and easily the Taliban defeated the Afghan army we created.
Even the Taliban were shocked at how fast it happened, looking bewildered as they drove unopposed into Kabul.
The answer is there was no Afghan army to fight because all the soldiers quit when they were told they would not be receiving any more pay checks from the U.S.
Until Biden’s announcement our occupation was over, they were being paid regularly by us to skirmish here and there with the Taliban and keep the Taliban in check with our deadly air support. When the Afghan army learned there was no more money for them, there was no more incentive for them to fight because for most of the soldiers their prime motivator was cash and not any sense of nationalism.
Providing there are no more suicide bombing before August 31, we can expect to see the Afghan conflict sink back into the confines of past news, and Covid once again dominate the headlines.