Republican Candidate for US Senate 2018
News from Afghanistan is unfolding at a rapid pace.
The conditions on the ground are heartbreaking. Politicians are blaming the withdrawal of
American troops, before the withdrawal of civilians on incompetence, with each
party pointing to the other side of the aisle. The Commander in Chief must be fully
accountable for what is happening in Afghanistan. His appointed officials at the highest levels
should bear the same responsibility for what is transpiring.
I remember my WW II veteran father telling us to be
quiet while the news was on. News Hour was Dad’s time and we watched and
listened with him. I was eleven years
old; we were watching the evacuation of troops from Vietnam. We had also watched the protests prior to the
end of the War. I remember the chaos as
I watched the last flights out of Saigon. I looked over and asked my dad if the war was
over and did we win? I don’t remember if
he actually gave me an answer. I soon
learned that we weren’t allowed to win because of a lack of political
courage and that the war against communism would never end. Our Veterans started returning home to a not-so-welcoming
country, which was devastating for our troops and the country as a whole.
Editor’s Note: The North Vietnamese
Communists later admitted they were on the verge of surrendering when America
agreed to “peace” terms. American forces
had devastated the Viet Cong army. They
had been pounded down; their capacity to make war was nearly depleted. Had the US held out for a few weeks longer,
countless lives would have been saved and the needless suffering of millions of
people would have been avoided.
As I watch the news, I see President Biden blame the
last Administration for the agreements that were put in place with the Taliban.
In his position as President, he can
override any previous deals.
While it is completely naive to believe former
President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo could negotiate with the same
terrorist group that helped and harbored Al-Qaeda, I believe they would have
handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan in a more orderly, efficient and safe
Surely, the previous administration would have assured
the safety of the tens of thousands of Americans and the tens of thousands of Afghans
who aided America and her allies.
Surely, the previous administration would not have allowed a vast
arsenal of heigh-tech weaponry to fall into the hands of barbarians! Surely, the previous administration would not
have left a humanitarian crisis the likes of which have not been seen since the
end of the Vietnam War!
It is my opinion that most Americans have no stomach
for endless wars when there isn’t a clear mission. I understand that we have been there for 20
years, but we also have had troops in Europe and Asia for close to three
quarters of a century. Why? To keep the peace and protect the citizens, while
also monitoring our interests.
It takes generations to change the hearts and minds of
people. What better way to bring about
positive change than to introduce freedom and liberty in a part of the world that
hasn’t known them? That is something to
defend at all costs. It also requires
protection of the newly freed, and guidance over time. No other country knows that better than the
I watched President Bush’s speech to America and our
allies before the invasion of Afghanistan.
The purpose of the mission was to rid the country of terrorists and to
help the Afghan people. https://youtu.be/osXkym5GHXI Now, we are witnessing our politicians turn
their back on the promises they made, not only to America, but to the world.
In my opinion, keeping a small force, with air support
to keep the Taliban out of Afghanistan would have been well worth it. Was the Afghan Government corrupt? I believe so. There are corrupt politicians all over the
world, including here in the United States. The cost of leaving troops in Afghanistan would
pale in comparison to the suffering the Afghan people and surrounding countries
will have to endure, now that they have been abandoned to the Taliban.
With what has transpired, even we will be less
safe in our homeland.
I can only imagine how the brave men and women who
made sacrifices to the mission, along with our friends and allies in “Enduring
Freedom”, must feel knowing this is the outcome.
I wonder if Gold Star families, who will miss and
mourn their losses forever, believe this was all worth it. It's not our military that has failed us; it’s
our political leadership that has failed our military and our citizens, once
We can only hope that those in positions of power can come together with honesty to, and for, the American people, and do the right thing. God bless the United States and our brave men and women who protect our freedoms around the world.