‘Expert’ scholar blames fall of Kabul on ‘nitwit’ Gov. Kristi Noem, waving American flag on a horse. Huh?

An unserious Tom Nichols, billed as an academic specialist on international affairs, took great exception to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem holding an American flag at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally while mounted atop “Ice Man,” as the Republican calls her horse.

You see, according to Nichols, the collapse of Afghanistan starts in South Dakota with a “nitwit” governor preoccupied with things like freedom and pride in one’s country.

Never mind that the photo he shared was taken a week ago, and that Noem was in Deadwood to help auction off items to raise money for “Treasured Lives,” a nonprofit that supports victims of sex trafficking and forms of sex trauma.

A far more troubling factor here is that Nichols, a columnist for USA Today, is also a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College — meaning he has access to the minds of American naval officers.

“How does something like Kabul happen?” he tweeted. “It happens when you are no longer a serious country – when you cannot even deal with a pandemic and you think this nitwit waving a flag is a great idea. This is not a public that will engage in reasoned debate about the future of Afghanistan.”

Somehow, we just know Nichols isn’t as concerned about the Biden super-spreader event on the open border with Mexico, where thousands of COVID-19 migrants are not only ushered in, but farmed out to all corners of the nation.

Of course, Nichols is looking to distract from the humiliatingly failure of President Joe Biden in Afghanistan, which was routed in hours by the Taliban — the president was adamant that the Afghan military would prevent that from happening. Predictably, they didn’t fight, opting to flee for their lives instead and Biden apparently didn’t see that coming.

Even after getting rolled online for his inane tweet, Nichols doubled down on the “unserious country” theme, not grasping that he was engaging in some heavy-duty projecting here.

And tripled down, this time taking a cheap shot at Trump supporters:

Clearly not one to quit digging when in a massive hole, Nichols quadrupled down:

If seeing Noem sitting on a horse irritated Nichols, we can only imagine his response to seeing her also mount a 2021 Indian Chief motorcycle while at the rally:

An op-ed Noem penned last week, run by Fox News, may not have been directed at Nichols but it could have been. Here’s a snippet:

And yet, bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and the media cast aspersions on the Sturgis Rally while ignoring concertgoers, lavish birthday parties, and the continuing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s a double standard that gives a free pass to so-called elites to do as they please and mandate others to do as they say. It’s a failure in leadership on their part and why more and more Americans are fleeing big cities and blue states for places like South Dakota.

As South Dakota’s governor, I have remained within the bounds of my authority and empowered citizens and businesses to make decisions for themselves. Rather than mandating they do as I say, I have chosen to let people take personal responsibility for decisions the government has no authority to make. There’s a risk associated with everything that we do in life. Bikers like those attending the Rally this year get that better than anyone.


Here’s but a small sampling of the drubbing our hero took, as seen on Twitter:


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