Inshallah, Outright Lies, And Piss Poor Planning
Inshallah, Outright Lies, And Piss Poor Planning
The definition of Inshallah, according to Merriam-Webster:
: if Allah wills : God willing
When someone I gave birth to first returned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, he began or ended every sentence with “Inshallah”. He told us that the “terps” (interpreters) and APU’s (Afghan Partner Units) used the word for everything. As in, “See you tomorrow?”; “Inshallah.” “We are having Naan bread and chai tea.”; “Inshallah.” It implies no personal agency. The Afghan need take no personal responsibility. It’s all up to Allah. Why then would we think that this type of person would have the “will to fight”? If God will’s it, is not quite as strong as “This We’ll Defend”, the Army motto since 1775.
Joe Biden is set to return to the White House and speak to the nation about the clusterfeck he has made of Afghanistan. He will resign, Inshallah. I know he won’t. He has no integrity or personal honor. Plus, although he has dementia, he has always been a stupid liar. We know about Creepy Joe’s plagiarism and many other lies over the years.
The lies don’t stop with Creepy Joe. The outright lies have been told to those of us paying attention for years. Katrina vanden Heuvel, a truly reprehensible person, lays it out in The Nation last year:
They lied. They lied repeatedly, year after year, about America’s longest war—the Afghanistan fiasco now in its 19th year. They—presidents, department heads, generals, civilians, and uniformed military up and down the line—misled the American people, reporting “progress” in a misguided war that they knew was not being won. “At war with the truth” is the stark and inescapable conclusion of the Afghanistan Papers, dubbed this generation’s Pentagon Papers, a trove of documents brought to light by the extraordinary efforts of The Washington Post. The reality, as retired Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the White House czar for Afghanistan during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, admitted, “We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.”
Who else may have lied? Five years ago, the Commander of CentCom was accused of manipulating data on ISIS in Iraq. Who was in charge of CentCom? Your current Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin. Regarding those lies manipulations, General Mark Milley said two years ago:
“I know there’s an assertion out there of some sort of coordinated lie over 18 years,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said at the Pentagon. “I find that a mischaracterization in my own personal experience. You’re looking at probably hundreds of general officers, State Department employees, CIA, Department of Defense folks. I just don’t think you can get that level of coordination to do that kind of deception.”
Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin probably never talked to the Joe’s on the ground. The grunts, those guys with crud in their lungs, who worked with the Afghan personnel, might have told them the truth.
And, the grunts and Joe’s are the ones who are paying the price for piss poor planning. We are about to have 7,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan. I saw in a video that British troops are arriving in country, too.
Suits like Milley and Austin won’t pay a price for their piss poor planning and outright incompetence. The boots on the ground will pay the price, as they have since Vietnam.
Speaking of not paying the price. Tucker Carlson called out Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley for contemplating a coup against Donald Trump:
A new book, written by reporters at The Washington Post who cover Milley, reveals the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a legitimate extremist — the last person you’d give power to if you could possibly help it. In the book, Milley describes Donald Trump and the millions who supported him, as the moral equivalent of Adolph Hitler. As thousands of Trump supporters peacefully gathered in Washington for what they assumed was a constitutionally-protected political rally shortly after the election, Milley likened them to “brownshirts” — the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party. Trump’s complaints about voter fraud, Milley explained to his advisers, out loud, were actually calls for genocide.
“This is a Reichstag moment,” Milley said. “The gospel of the Führer.” Those are quotes. Think about that. Your grandfather joined the U.S. military to risk his life fighting the Nazis. Now the head of the US military calls you a Nazi for having your grandfather’s political views. What do you think of that?
This guy, Milley, was too busy exploring white rage and thinking about coups to properly plan the Afghanistan withdrawal. If you think the planning just started in the last few months, you don’t know anything about the military or large organizations.
Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley were to busy searching for Trump supporters in the military to take care of the grunts who work for a living. Their piss poor planning has led to an emergency that our great, brave military personnel must clean up.
But, Joe Biden is the Commander in Chief and this complete clusterfeck is all on him. He hasn’t given a flip about Afghanistan since he voted to go to war. Richard Holbrooke was an American Diplomat who died in 2010. Before he died, he met with then Vice President Joe Biden to discuss Afghanistan.
From Buzz Feed, here are some of Holbrooke’s memories of dealing with Biden:
The American diplomat Richard Holbrooke was trying to talk Joe Biden into making women’s rights a priority in Afghanistan when the vice president lost his temper.
“When I mentioned the women’s issue, Biden erupted,” Holbrooke wrote in his diary. “Almost rising in his chair, he said, ‘I am not sending my boy back there to risk his life on behalf of women’s rights, it just won’t work, that’s not what they’re there for.’”
Holbrooke said in the 2010 meeting in the vice president’s office that he wasn’t for sending in troops to enforce women’s rights, just for pushing the issue with the Afghan government as troops departed.
“He thought it was bullshit, and this spiraled into a much larger discussion concerning the whole course of what would happen, and this was quite extraordinary,” Holbrooke wrote. “Joe took the position, plain and simple, that we have to get out of Afghanistan.”
In Holbrooke’s telling, Biden was also immune to much of the rhetoric from neocons and liberal hawks about values and honor. Holbrooke recounts, in his diary, warning Biden that his argument for abandoning Afghanistan would betray “a certain obligation to the people who had trusted us.” It was a reference to the American abandonment of its allies in South Vietnam.
“Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that,” Biden replied. “We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”
There you have it, folks. Joe Biden’s entire view of Afghanistan. He will get away with it too. The Democrat Media Industrial Complex will cover for him.
Inshallah, outright lies and piss poor planning. Our military personnel deserve better than that. Everyone in the Pentagon should quit or be fired.
Here is Dan Crenshaw on MSNBC today talking about slogans like “Bring the Troops Home” and “No More Endless Wars”.
I was always for a residual security force in Afghanistan given the geographical threats in Central Asia. There was no reason to pull the troops in such a piss poor way, except that the cabal that controls the bureaucracy wanted it. They don’t care about the troops on the ground last month or today. More lies in addition to piss poor planning.
We are not “Inshallah” people. We are “This We’ll Defend” people. There is nothing that Creepy Joe can say today to change that.