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The early portion of the Biden presidency continues to be a tragic comedy as the “Sleepy Joe” show has gone international and the fallout from the regularly occurring missteps from the most powerful country on the earth is now being suffered beyond our borders.
For Americans, it has become increasingly apparent that self-inflicted difficulties are just par for the course with this administration. On their first day in power, the flurry of executive orders that rolled out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue attacked our energy independence, the Southern Border, and sought to mend our relationship with the controversial World Health Organization (WHO).
Additionally, the new Whitehouse’s “Build Back Better” plan missed its mark on job creation while a flurry of new cyber-attacks targeted entities including Colonial Pipeline and major food supplier JBS.
But these issues pale in comparison to the human crisis occurring in Afghanistan as a result of the President’s mishandling of the ending of US involvement in the 20-year conflict.
Despite the fact that many liberal talking heads have attempted to turn this disaster into a Trump scandal, the majority of Americans aren’t fooled and accept that this situation was created by the current administration.
One of the lowest points during the past few weeks saw Defense Department Spokesperson John Kirby fail to answer a simple question related to the number of Americans trapped in Afghanistan. This pathetic display of messaging painted America as unwilling to provide for the safe transfer of its own citizens out of a dire situation and provided an opportunity for America’s enemies to promote the idea of our decline.
China immediately pounced, using its state-controlled media to launch a public relations attack against America while simultaneously using its superior military power to intimidate Taiwan.
Now, in a mere matter of weeks, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled Global Times called the Afghanistan pullout “a heavy blow to the credibility and reliability of the U.S. ,” while last week, Taiwan reported 19 Chinese military jets flying into its airspace.
The fact is, America appears to be weaker than it has at any point since Early 2017, after the transfer of power from the Obama to Trump Administration. Additionally, it seems like America has gone out of her way to embolden the very evil forces that enabled the attack that changed the world 20 years ago – the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Whether it was done intentionally or not, the Biden administration handed a weapons cache worth up to $90 billion to the Taliban. And this comes at a time when a new unclassified United Nations report indicates that there are Al-Qaida terror cells operational in 15 provinces in the country.
This means that the allies of the architects of 9/11 now possess a collection of modern weapons they can use to protect the opioid and methamphetamine supply chains that have been their chief source of income prior to reassuming control of Afghanistan. That will lead to many drug-related deaths globally.
Another dangerous aspect to this whole situation is the fact that Iran now has a fortified ally with a well-equipped military thanks to Biden’s fumbling of the pullout. In the past few months, Iran has been exceeding the uranium enrichment limit imposed by the international community. The Iranian nuclear program has enriched uranium to 63%, which is over the 60% it was at when talks to revive the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal with world powers stalled earlier this year. Additionally, a boastful Iran is now claiming the ability to enrich uranium to weapons-grade or 90% purity.
This all spells danger to America, Israel, Europe, and the rest of the free world. If there is expanded cooperation in the future between the Taliban’s Afghanistan and Iran, we are sure to see another major resurgence of global terror attacks, possibly even involving a nuclear weapon.
This is all far different from where we found ourselves a little over a decade ago. Back then, Iran was perhaps the first victim of cyber warfare when what many believe was the first shot fired in the ongoing global cyberwar disrupted Iran’s nuclear program during the 2010 Stuxnet attack. It also means that America may soon experience another large-scale terror attack perpetrated by the terrorists that dragged us into a decades-long conflict.
America still has well over 3 years of Joe Biden to deal with. That said, it is perhaps safe to assume that the worst is still yet to come. If that is the case, Americans should say a prayer and brace themselves.
Julio Rivera is a business and political strategist, the Editorial Director for Reactionary Times, and a political commentator and columnist. His writing, which is focused on cybersecurity and politics, has been published by websites including Newsmax, Townhall, American Thinker and BizPacReview.