What a Mess

What a mess.

No one in our government seems to know what to do in Afghanistan.

Like quicksand, we were sucked into it the moment we put one foot into it.

Biden is right – we’ve got to get out.

At great expenditure of men and money, our efforts failed.

Twenty years of trying is enough.

Like it or not, we must go.

Get out…now.

It’s frightening to think of what will happen to the Afghan people who supported us.

They will be targeted by the Taliban.

It is our responsibility to get them and their families out of harm’s way.

While not in the best bargaining position, we have to make a deal with the Taliban.

We are holding some good cards – our air force, which they knowingly can’t fight.

We have “taken out” their leaders and we will, if necessary, again.

They know this.

In one sense, they are as helpless as we are.

Kabul airport is jammed with people trying to leave. It is a chaotic situation. Planes are leaving with people hanging on to them.

Pathetic.

Sad.

It “boggles” my mind to think about it.

We don’t win every battle.

For sure, we must recognize the loss of Afghanistan.

It will become a “dark age” country with “dark age laws.”

Gone will be the gains it has made.

Women will lose all the rights they have gained. 

President Biden says they will have to help themselves, we want “out.”

The Taliban are cruel, heartless rulers. Afghanistan will have medieval laws.

Our country will no longer help them. They are on their own.

My view is that our total withdrawal is a cop out, an abandonment of Afghanistan, giving the Taliban a free hand.

We cannot, as Biden is doing, wash our hands of the problem. It’s not doing what’s right. Where is the United Nations in all of this?

They, too, must put pressure on the Taliban.

Difficult, dangerous situations in the past have been solved.

This one must be, too.

Many innocent lives are at stake.

What the outcome will be, no one knows.

We can only hope for the best.

(August 19, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on Amazon.com and other book seller sites.