Archive for August 20, 2021

I don’t see why anyone is so surprised at the Biden Administration not caring about Americans trapped in Afghanistan or American equipment or those who helped the US being left behind in Afghanistan. It not like people willing to steal an American election from tens of millions of Americans are going to give a damn about American interests.

There have been a lot of jokes over the last several months about the Biden Administration being “Welcome Back Carter”. That comparison is increasingly becoming unfair to Jimmy Carter who at least didn’t give our enemies 10-40,000 hostages to play with.

A couple of days ago old friend Don Surber complemented Janet Yellen on quickly freezing Afghan assets abroad. While it sounds good let’s not pretend that the Taliban will not connect the ability of Americans to leave the country with the freeing of those assets.

It’s taken a few days but we’re now seeing media start to defend the Biden Administration on all of this. There is a cold calculation here that in the long run Americans won’t care about what happens there and or will believe the media’s new spins on it. Given what we’ve seen from the left over the last seven months I’m sorry to say this political calculation is likely correct.

Oh and you’ll note that I continue to use “Biden Administration” rather than “Joe Biden” because anyone who thinks he is actually in charge is as stupid as the Generals who decided on this policy.

Finally one of my favorite lines from C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is this paragraph from letter 13 where Screwtape excoriates Wormwood for letting his “patient” be exposed to reality:

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method…you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

Right now there are a lot of woke college students, feminists and BLM activist who have been crying “oppression” who because of what is and will continue to go on in Afghanistan are getting a glimpse of what actual oppression, actual pain, and actual suffering is and where they actually sit on the “Oppression” scale. It’s also a bit of a hit to those who regularly scream “Islamophobia” because people are seeing that such a “phobia” of radical Islam has a solid basis for reality.

Whether this is a moment of realization of reality or a moment of anger that the value of their victim status will depend on the individual, but given the rampant narcissism of such folks I suspect the latter will greatly outnumber the former.