Afghanistan a microcosm of the failed progressive agenda

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

The current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment and his policies of a mere seven months in office have been disastrous domestically and in terms of foreign affairs.  In a recent press conference, he assured the press that Afghanistan was in no way similar to what happened in Vietnam, but the parallels speak for themselves.

As we examine this 20 year old war with the loss of over 2500 American lives as well as the waste of over 2 trillion dollars because the supposedly greatest military force in the world is unable to defeat the Taliban, we can only shake our heads.  However, it is so much more than that and the causes of these failures run deep into what is tragically becoming a mindset in America.  One only has to look at the cities controlled by democrats to see how weakness turns into anarchy.  The lawlessness by those who believe that the police are evil and erect monuments to criminals are a big part of what is becoming a very sad American narrative.

As Americans debate over the picture on a box of pancake syrup or on the offensive nature of cartoons characters, other nations are looking at America and smiling at its failures.  Groups that seek to confuse elementary school children about their gender or who teach the vilification of children because of their skin color, instead of teaching them how to read, write and do math are setting the tone for an abysmal future.  This is especially relevant when the children in schools around the world are learning the requisite skills necessary for them to compete in future global markets.

The universities that were once institutions where learning took place and freedom of thought was encouraged have become indoctrination centers where censorship has replaced freedom of speech and that being inoffensive is more important than logical discourse.  In the past, American young adults had the courage to fight wars and stand up to tyranny, but today’s young adults need safe rooms when they are told things that they don’t like and look for any reason to claim to be a victim.

The United States became a world leader because it was united and because it encouraged its people to be strong when facing adversity even when the costs were the lives of its young men. It was this attitude that saw the country through a civil war, a major economic depression and two world wars.  Yes, there have been many instances of terrible things that have occurred, but since you can’t change history, the only option is to learn from it and not make the same mistakes.  Yet, we continue to make mistakes because so many in positions of leadership have abandoned the principles that made America a super power.  Instead of learning from history, we attempt to rewrite it to pacify the hypersensitive among us who believe the greatest battle they face is to throw temper tantrums when they hear someone using a gendered pronoun that they don’t like.

We can debate whether the US should have gone to Afghanistan in the first place, but the point is that we spent two decades there and the administrations of George W. Bush all the way through Biden have attempted to justify our presence there.  Barack Obama, in a speech in 2009 actually stated that the war was a necessity and was fundamentally about defending Americans.  The sudden pull out, something that was obviously not planned and ill conceived, is the issue and it is an illustration of what America has become due to incompetent leaders and an agenda where children are taught to hate their country and disrespect its flag.

As I watched the helicopters evacuate Americans from Afghanistan, it summoned up images of Saigon’s evacuation, which was the first time America ever lost a war.  I was only 11 when this happened and didn’t fully comprehend the ramifications of it as I watched news footage on television.  Today, the ramifications are clear.  America is viewed as a weak nation by foreign nations and when something is viewed as weak, opportunists take advantage of it.  These nations see how political correctness is destroying competition in a country that became a world leader because of competition.   The leaders of these nations see how America’s woke generals are more concerned about diversity and “social justice” than training troops and they see American leaders run and hide, literally, when faced with difficult situations.

Appeasement of an enemy strengthens the enemy and emboldens that enemy.  The Taliban has control over Afghanistan today, and this victory (which will result in the murder and rapes of countless citizens there) will encourage them to wreak more havoc and promote terrorism against the country that occupied it for 20 years.  History proves that this will happen.

In the 1930’s Hitler decided to ignore the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles that restricted Germany’s ability to build an army, no nation did anything about it.  When he took the Rhineland and Sudetenland, he was appeased and this led to World War II.

In cities where shoplifters are allowed to steal merchandise and police are told to stand down as rioters loot and destroy cities (appeasement), has the situation improved or are the lawless encouraged to commit further criminal actions?  The cowardice displayed by so-called leaders who worry about being labeled as racists and policies of not confronting evil only lead to more evil and wrongdoing.  This is human nature and it applies personally, locally and internationally.

Unfortunately, identity politics, which is the new religion of those on the left, fail to work in any of these situations.  We can “identify” as victors in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t change the fact that Americans had to flee for their lives (many are still trapped there) as their president who, a week earlier, said that the Afghanistan forces and their 300,000 troops would defeat the 75,000 Taliban members and would not take over Afghanistan had to eat his words. He went on to say that you will not see Americans airlifted off a roof, but that’s exactly what happened.

We can delude ourselves like those who believe that perception is reality, but that doesn’t change the fact that so many American lives were lost in Afghanistan and military equipment that was paid for by American taxpayers is now in the hands of our enemies.  The reality of all of these situations is that policies that neuter a nation weaken it.  Policies that tell people lies because it is more soothing to their emotions doesn’t keep a nation safe, and policies that are based upon fear serve no one other than those who prey on the fearful.  As Biden retreats to his bunker (his safe room) in the face of this national disgrace, perhaps someone should remind him that Hitler didn’t enter his bunker until Germany had lost the war or perhaps this is a foreshadowing of things to come under this president.

Michael Matteo

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