This is America’s darkest hour since September 11, 2001. Just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the U.S. has been humiliated in the eyes of the world.
For once, the fiercely partisan domestic media is united in condemnation of President Joe Biden’s surrender to the Taliban.
Even Fox News and CNN, normally diametric political opposites, are singing from the same hymn sheet.
Americans awoke yesterday to television pictures of desperate refugees falling to their deaths from departing U.S. transport aircraft. It was a chilling echo of the heartbreaking images of those bodies plummeting to earth from the Twin Towers two decades ago.
The chaotic scenes at Kabul airport evoked memories of the last helicopter to take off from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam in April 1975.
For the second time in half a century, the world’s once undisputed military superpower has been routed by a ramshackle army of irregulars.
The sacrifices of those who fought and died to rid Afghanistan of Al Qaeda and deny terrorists a safe haven from which to launch further attacks on America now seem worthless.
Yesterday’s powerful Page One headline in the Daily Mail summed up the horrified reaction on both sides of the Atlantic: ‘What the hell did they all die for?’
The U.S. lost 2,300 servicemen and women in Afghanistan, almost as many people as died on 9/11. Many more were gravely injured and traumatised.
For the past 20 years, their mission was successful. There hasn’t been a comparable attack on America since 9/11. Yet now Afghanistan is again open house for Islamist terrorists. There are already reports that British jihadists are heading there, fresh from fighting with Isis in Iraq and Syria.
As the enormity of the consequences of America’s withdrawal sank in yesterday, Biden, nominally Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, was nowhere to be seen.
Sleepy Joe has been asleep at the wheel.
Until he was forced to address the nation last night, Biden hadn’t said a word in public for more than six days.
The only recent photograph of the President showed him hunkered down at his Camp David rural retreat, staring at an array of giant TV screens.
No doubt he kept pressing the remote control, hoping for a different result, like the simpleton Chauncey Gardner, who rises to become a presidential adviser in the Peter Sellers movie Being There. Biden’s deputy, the hapless, giggly Kamala Harris — has been missing in action, too.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn