The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was inevitable.
Long-time readers of this blog will know that I have been saying for years that our nation-building efforts in Afghanistan are wasted.
First, I need to point out, that the military does not do nation-building. The military kills people and blows shit up. Nation-building happens after the military is victorious. We had to win WWII to make the Marshall Plan possible.
Yes, the military may be needed to maintain peace, but a permanent victory in Afghanistan was never achieved.
That isn’t the fault of the boots on the ground in Afghanistan. I want to make that clear.
A study of Afghanistan reveals that it is a country made up of clans and tribes that generally hate each other.
The Soviets and the British before them failed to conquer and nation-build in Afghanistan for the same reason we failed.
It is a land of tribal goat-herding, boy-raping, savage, sectarian tribal violence, and it has been that way for 3,000 years.
The only unifying force that was successful in overcoming that tribal conflict was tyrannical Islam.
That is what the Taliban is, tyrannical Islam.
The only way to prevent the Taliban re-capturing of Afghanistan was a permanent US military presence. There wasn’t enough training we could provide the Afghani Army to shift thousands of years of culture and get disparate tribes to come together as a unified fighting force willing to fight for unified Afghanistan.
I have said repeatedly that if we ever pulled out of Afghanistan, there would be bloodshed in our wake and we will need to accept that or accept that we will never pull out. Those are our only choices.
Bush knew this, Obama knew this, Trump for all his bluster knew this, Biden was the senile old patsy with a legacy that could be sacrificed to an Afganistan pullout.
I knew this was coming. So why am I so pissed?
#Afghanistan: This seems to be happening everywhere as the Taliban seize most of the country, but just a sample of the weapons seized in #Herat. Literally hundreds of M4s, M249, M240, as well as PK(M)s, RPGs, and much other assorted materiel. pic.twitter.com/DIa8TdCWL7
— Cᴀʟɪʙʀᴇ Oʙsᴄᴜʀᴀ (@CalibreObscura) August 14, 2021
The #Taliban not only seized appr. a hundred US humvees and (MaxxPro) MRAPs at Kunduz airport, but also several US ScanEagle drones.
Billions of US tax payer $ going to Islamist extremists, thanks to the administration’s hasty withdrawal without a peace deal or follow up mission.
— Abhishek Saxena (@tagabhishek)
ef=”https://t.co/Fb5MTpdLKK”>pic.twitter.com/Fb5MTpdLKK— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) August 12, 2021
Counting the boxes, Taliban collected another five #ScanEagle drones in Herat, each costing around 4.000.000$.
Let’s see how much Iran or China pay the Taliban for them to investigate our western technology …#EpicFail #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/YlG8rwlXNe
— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) August 14, 2021
Extraordinary scenes of #Afghanistan’s military fleeing to #Iran with advanced equipment, likely supplied by US. Iran’s defense industries will want to get their hands on that equipment pic.twitter.com/0Ei2EgKiQ4
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) August 14, 2021
The Taliban are now in possession of more Blackhawk helicopters than 166 other nations around the globe. pic.twitter.com/2q9CyXcBNy
— CulturalHusbandry (@APhilosophae) August 13, 2021
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) August 15, 2021
The Taliban now has javelin missiles as well as the OS for Strykers and other military vehicles. “Everyone is wondering what the black market is going to have in Iran,” a US official told me.
“An F-15 flight simulator was also left in Bagram, the Taliban has that now.”
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 15, 2021
— FJ (@Natsecjeff) August 14, 2021
We armed and equipped the Taliban with advanced weapons and vehicles. What they cannot use themselves they will sell for cash to Iran or China to be reverse-engineered.
We left Afghanistan with a Taliban that are now experienced veterans at fighting and defeating advanced Western armies and with US taxpayer-provided weapons.
These weapons will be used against the US or our allies. They will be smuggled into Europe or elsewhere.
You will see them used in terrorist attacks.
That is what we did. We created a Taliban that is stronger now than when we arrived.
Our leadership should have seen this coming and pulled every last penny’s worth of equipment and tech on our way out, but they didn’t.
They left it all to be used against us in the future.
That is a level of incompetence that is unforgivable.
That is why I’m so pissed at what happened in Afghanistan.