THIS! https://t.co/R6HhS3OBDN— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 26, 2021
The retaking of Bagram would put our military at risk, but I think those involved in the operation would gladly accept that risk because it would restore our honor as a nation and save lives.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 26, 2021
The pro-war and imperialist propaganda coming from the GOP has reached a 2004 pitch. It hasn’t been this bad since the George W. Bush administration.
“Yet the Taliban claim that 28 of their own soldiers were killed in the blast. …
When the Taliban sacked Kabul this month, they refrained from immediate reprisals against their enemies, with one exception: “The only known execution since the capital’s takeover was of Abu Omar Khorasani, the former head of Islamic State in South Asia,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Khorasani “was taken by the Taliban from an Afghan government prison and killed on the spot.”
Why can’t these jihadis just get along and turn their fire jointly against the United States? The deep reason is ideological. The Taliban’s founder, Mullah Omar, styled himself “Emir of the believers,” a term equivalent in Islam’s classical period to caliph. Certain rules apply to caliphs, and foremost among them is that there can be only one at a time. Others include the requirement that the caliph be physically whole and descended from the tribe of the Prophet Muhammad. Like most of the original generation of the Taliban, Omar was partially dismembered (missing an eye, in his case), and descended not from an Arab tribe but from a Pashtun clan. Oh, and another requirement of the caliph is that he must be alive. Omar died in 2013, but the Taliban pulled a Weekend at Bernie’s and lied about it for two years. The Islamic State, noting these deficiencies, named its own caliph in 2014 when it took control of parts of Syria and Iraq, and relentlessly mocked the Taliban for being apostate hillbillies out of compliance with even the most basic elements of Islam. …”
The Taliban has upheld their end of the peace deal.
The GOP is desperate to go back to war with the Taliban in Afghanistan. What would be accomplished by resuming the war in Afghanistan? Would that stop or create more terrorist groups in Afghanistan? Would that make the Taliban more or less popular in Afghanistan? What exactly would be accomplished by staying there another week? Would that lead to fewer or more dead Americans?
Note: I was already inclined to sit out the 2022 midterms. There is absolutely no way that I am voting for this reversion to Bushism and the same old conservative policy agenda. This is especially true now that the Pentagon openly sees us as their “domestic enemy.”