The Blame Biden Boys Have Short Memories

By Donald A. Collins | 20 August 2021
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The hue and cry from the same voices that backed Trump’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan have now reached fever pitch. There are many Americans still there and Biden has promised to get them all out, plus the Afghanis who helped our side, despite the false claims of the Taliban that those who remain will be safe.

No one can know now how much of these evacuation claims will prove true, but the clearest reporting on the situation I have read to date was from a veteran Indian journalist, Rahul Singh, who generously allowed this web site the privilege of publishing his views. I strongly suggest that in the midst of this media barrage and bombast, you read this piece again here if you have not already.

It seems these blame boys have very short memories.

Looking back on 20 years of fallacious thinking about our role as world policeman and nation builders forces me to look back farther than to ex-President Trump’s May 2021 decision to leave Afghanistan.

The potential for leaving Biden with disaster to face and solve is carefully and authoritatively presented by the attached NPR programs by Terry Gross which you can read here.

Biden agreed to withdraw, properly in my view, even if the execution of this withdrawal has gone badly due to bad planning and intelligence from his advisors. He now gets hammered both by the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) believers and those who know women will not fare well under Taliban rule.

Just another example of how Industrial Military Complex President Eisenhower warned us about got Congress to ignore its responsibility to approve US involvement in foreign wars. Congress hasn’t so authorized wars since FDR got approval after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at the onset of WWII.

Failure to harken to Eisenhower’s 1961 warning to beware of the MIC has cost us innumerable amounts of treasure and massive losses of lives.

You can listen to Ike’s speech here.

In case after case pursuing the fear of the communist menace—yes, Cuba was offered USSR help (remember the Cuban missile crisis?) because we handled Castro so stupidly—while failing to realize USSR’s own growing weakness.

Remember JFK’s Bay of Pigs disaster?

Then after our failure in Vietnam and Nixon’s Cambodian massacres, we applauded Reagan’s alleged feat of bringing Russia’s Gorbachev to heel when in fact Gorby was already presiding over a failing system which sadly hasn’t since thrived under Putin.

Meantime our “police action” wars added trillions to our national debt and allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate so that now the inadequate new bill—if passed—will only partly solve our deferred maintenance.

After WWII, the repugnant effects of war were well documented and perhaps dimly understood, idealism such as the OneWorld Society and the founding of the United Nations in NYC, popular first steps toward peace and stability.

With all the UN’s lack of direct political power and its debatable imperfections, the UN remains a place where world opinions can be heard and if not resolved at least held in abeyance.

As our world population rises to unsustainable levels—from 2 billion to almost 8 billion in my 90 year lifetime and climate threats and decreasing ability of all governments worldwide to govern, we will need more and more UN efforts to inform and advocate the urgency of fixing these already almost beyond solution issues.

I recently published a book entitled “Trump Becoming Macbeth” on the dire effects of Trump’s Presidency as he and his supporters continue to attack our fragile democracy.

The jury is still out on whether his traitorous promotion of the January 6th insurrection and his big lie about voter fraud on November 3rd will allow the GOP to take either House or Congress in 2022.

Another of my recent books entitled “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion By 2100?” counsels action now to gradually, safely, and non-coercively to reduce our numbers to sustainable levels or face terrific termoil which will make everyone worldwide suffer.

Who can call meetings on these issues? Certainly, the UN can and has done so.

Many are held and certainly eloquent speeches have well delineated actions to meet these problems.

Fossil fuel consumption partly as a result of its efforts will surely be lessened as solar, wind and battery power serve us in major use, but the embrace of adequate birth control has always brought powerful business, religious and cultural opposition. Will sufficient action to stop the addition of 3 billion more by 2100 as predicted by Sir David Attenborough and other respected scholars?

I have serious doubts about adequate solutions to either of the above.

My cynicism about those issues as exemplified by the current Afghan situation is expressed in an Op Ed I had published on August 17th. I argue that the US has taken its view of Manifest Destiny which allowed its European migrants to take control of continental USA and since have with arrogance and stupidity tried to be the world’s policeman and nation builders. How that worked out is an Op Ed I entitled “Poke Hornets’ Nests Long Enough And You Get Stung!”, which you can read here.

So this withdrawal is a big bet by Biden that after the media flack subsides, Americans will agree with his decision. You can read what Sahil Kapur of NBC News writes here, agreeing with me.

Will the US finally learn that foreign adventurism is NOT the best path to world peace and stability, despite the power and pressure of the MIC and the companies that reap enormous profits from continuing this failed approach to foreign policy?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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