Editor,

Can it be anything but treason when Republicans go out of their way to take down President Biden? There is no end to derogatory remarks, hateful comments and vicious criticism. We’re at war, and American and allied lives are at stake. Don’t they understand that tearing down our commander in chief helps the enemy and encourages those we are fighting, giving them the idea that they are supported by the American people? Any silly little inconsequential detail is blown out of proportion — while his lying predecessor got away with murder — literally. Let the world know how much you despise our president and blame him for everything that’s happening in Afghanistan.

It was a barely elected Republican president who foolishly got us into this unwinnable war with Afghanistan, and another Republican misplaced one-time president who had to make it even worse by making agreements with Taliban, our enemy, making it all even worse for President Biden to get us out of the mess.

More honesty, integrity, patriotism and understanding on the part of Republicans are sorely needed and called for. Leaving President Biden with a mess and calling it all his fault — that’s the new Republican way? Haven’t we had enough of Republicanism, the way it has been malpracticed?

Jorg Aadahl

San Mateo

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Mike O.

Jorg;

What a great letter to the editor you wrote! Ed, Terrence, and Ray are always going to disagree with your opinion because they enjoy re-writing history and omitting important facts, to form their opinions. Jorg, you are correct, a Republican President Bush got America a war in Iraq and in Afghanistan following the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001, with the intent of finding Osama bin Laden, the leader and financier of the terrorist attackers. Once bin Laden was killed, the Afghanistan war should've been over with. But, neither President Obama or Trump ended the Afghanistan war. It took someone with brains and guts to get us out of Afghanistan, and Biden finally did it! Trump never did it! But, the usual Trump supporters are going to ignore that fact. Just like they are going to pretend that the Jan. 6 attack by Trump supporters on the Capital building didn't really happen. That was insurrection and treason! Keep up the good work Jorg.

Ray Fowler

Well, Mike... would you care to respond to my 11:43 am post?

The January 6 riot at the Capitol was condemned by Republican Party leadership right away. As you recall, the Democratic Party did not condemn leftist violence in our cities last summer... until polling showed that ignoring the violence was not resonating with voters.

No one is pretending that Trump supporters did not commit a slew of crimes that day... assault, vandalism, trespass, disorderly conduct, obstruction and conspiracy. Yet, no one was charged with insurrection or treason. Can you explain?

Terence Y

Thanks for the shout out, Mmike! Speaking of re-writing history and omitting important facts to form your opinion, why aren’t you telling us that last week Reuters (and now many other mainstream news sources) reported that there was scant evidence to show it was an insurrection or even a riot (almost all were one-off cases, from “both” sides, including Antifa). Of course these facts were known by non-lemmings long before the Reuters report. It appears you’re the one re-writing history and omitting important facts. BTW, we’re all looking forward to your answers to a few of Ray’s questions of retreater-in-chief Biden’s current affairs in Afghanistan. Maybe you can also add an explanation of why Biden giving aid and comfort to the Taliban is not considered treason.

edkahl

The Dems fail to understand that we were in Afghanistan to prevent another 9/11 which we did - so far. Wars don’t stop because we withdraw. Our withdrawal will instead greatly aid terrorist recruitment as our withdrawal from Iraq did for ISIS. Our withdrawal in Afghanistan will increase the threat of another 9/11. It also increases the threat of the Taliban, ISIS and Al Qaeda obtaining Pakistan’s nukes. At a minimum we need to re-occupy Bagram Air base so we’ll have on the spot intelligence and a quick reaction time. We will return to Afghanistan. Those who don’t know their history are condemned to repeat it.

Tafhdyd

Mr. Kahl,

So you are saying that we should spend unlimited money over unlimited time with the loss of more American lives to be where we shouldn't. We are not dealing with a civilized national government. We are dealing with tribes and religious sects that have been at odds since they settled there hundreds of years ago. Do you want your children and grandchildren to be there 50-100 years from now fighting for a group of people that won't even fight for themselves? I guess if you are worried about terrorism then we should invade and occupy any country in the world that doesn't like us and threatens us and our way of life. Should we start with Russia, China or North Korea?

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd...

We still maintain "garrisons" around the world, and under different conditions, a presence in the region might have worked in our mutual interests. That didn't happen mostly for the reasons mostly for the reasons you mentioned. The successful model for defeating an insurgency requires a partnership between the outside presence and local folks willing to eradicate the bad guys. Otherwise, that outside presence just becomes an occupying force and things will unravel. Ten years in country was probably too long, but after bin Laden was eliminated in 2011, a measured and deliberate withdrawal would have saved us a lot of blood and treasure.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend... .

Tafhdyd

Ray,

I think that is a pretty good summation of things. I just heard the ice cubes call, it is 5 o'clock and time to cure the worlds problems. Enjoy your evening also.

Mike Caggiano

Gee with all the 'sturm und drang' in the forgoing remarks no one seems to remember the the Donal would have had us 'out' in May.

Anyone care to suppose how that would have gone?????

Ray Fowler

If the Donald would have been in office, it's unlikely we would have skipped out... in the dead of night a la the Baltimore Colts in 1984... and left the Bagram air base up for grabs. It's unlikely such a haphazard evacuation would have been implemented that put American troops, American citizens, and our Afghan allies at risk. It's unlikely we would have left billions of dollars of weapons, materiel, and aircraft behind. It's unlikely the Donald would have been dancing to the Taliban's tune. Maybe you should ask the Brits and the French if they think things would have been different...

edkahl

Unfortunately Biden tore himself down when he refused advice from the military and intelligence services on how and when to do a withdrawal. He humiliated the US with his incompetence. But of course it was ok for Dems to refuse to accept Tump's election and plot to impeach him before he was even sworn in.

Terence Y

Jorg – thank you so much for today’s laugh out loud moment! I almost spit out my mouthful of coffee and fell out of my chair but it was worth it. After all of your anti-Trump screeds for the past five years, including smearing our great President Trump’s followers, you now try to write a letter playing the victim, and then blaming others – a hallmark of the Democrat playbook? I’m surprised you didn’t bring up racism or white supremacy or some other idiotic reason. But hey, great use of hypocrisy in an attempt to garner support for surrender-in-chief Biden.

I don’t think people are blaming dementia Joe for everything that’s happening in Afghanistan – just everything that's happening in Afghanistan under his watch – especially leaving Americans behind enemy lines, arming the Taliban, giving lists of Afghan friendlies to the Taliban. As I said before, I bet the Taliban were celebrating when the election was stolen. BTW, if there’s any treason, it’s on the part of coward-in-chief Biden, after all, we see plenty of examples of his aiding and comforting the enemy. Keep the write-up humor letters coming – I always enjoy a good laugh. BTW, I hear Navy folks (active and retired) aren’t allowed to say anything derogatory about stone cold loser Biden, but I’m assuming they can preface anything they say with, “Someone told me incompetent (select your own adjective) Biden has dementia…” And in your honor, I included an exclamation point.

Rel

Terrence, the jokes are on you. Nearly every day you write factless opinions here that normally one would say were funny were they not so tragic. You repeatedly say Trump was great without citing one area of greatness. (I'll give you one - he was a great liar).

You repeatedly say the 2020 election was stolen without providing one iota of evidence to support your opinion.

You call Biden a coward-in-chief when it took a huge stock of courage to end a war everyone agreed should end and all prior presidents before him gave lip service to the same.

You continue to deride Biden as subjected to dementia, which under any proper definition, is not true. Yet, it was OK by you for your "great" Trump to talk at a third grade level on his best days.

Terrence, any relationship between your opinions and the facts is strictly coincidental. You somehow feel the need to prove this every day in your letters.

Terence Y

Rrel – thank you so much for today’s second laugh out loud moment! It’s nice to see you back in these pages. You make a number of baseless assertions about my assertions, yet you can only repeat the fake news and lies talking points Democrats are allowing you to repeat. Trump – America First policies, Biden – America Last policies. Enough said. As for my opinions and facts being coincidental, I guess your definition of coincidental is 99% accuracy. Speaking of definitions: dementia – a serious mental disorder caused by brain disease or injury, that affects the ability to think, remember and behave normally. If you want to use the definition of senile dementia, I won’t mind since both fit stone cold loser Biden to a “B.” BTW, I’m going to save today’s letter from Jorg – I believe it’s the first one to grovel for acceptance of Biden’s incompetent performance. Even Jorg is aware of the joke that is cave-in-chief Biden. It appears you do too, since I notice you fail to list any bumbling Biden accomplishments. Don’t be a stranger. And thanks for your feedback.

Tafhdyd

Terence,

TRTRT. BTW, how are you doing with your bamboo fibers?

Terence Y

Oh dear, I’m afraid we broke Taffy. Or Taffy is channeling bewildered Biden and is also unable to put together a cohesive sentence. Get well soon! BTW, since you, Jorg, and Rel are unable to list a bungling Biden accomplishment, let me help you guys out… Why on flat earth is treasonous Biden giving aid and comfort to the enemy, in the form of over $80 billion worth of military equipment in Taliban hands? In addition to a list of names of Americans and Afghan allies. Thanks catastrophe-in-chief Biden. Stolen elections have consequences, and in this case, tragedy for American forces, even if you don’t want to acknowledge them.

Tafhdyd

Terence,

I'm sorry but you should, No, you must get a new tinfoil hat! BTW, how are you doing with your bamboo fibers?

Ray Fowler

Hello, Jorg

You ask, “Can it be anything but treason when Republicans go out of their way to take down President Biden?” The answer is simple… call Republicans’ political opposition whatever you like but you cannot call it treason. (Well, you can, however, the definition of treason does not fit in your narrative.) Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution. It is a betrayal of the United States by “levying war” against our nation or giving aid and comfort to an enemy.

You wrote, “There is no end to derogatory remarks, hateful comments and vicious criticism.” I guess you missed nearly four years of useless hearings conducted by the likes of Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other Democratic Party politicians that claimed Joe Biden’s predecessor colluded with a foreign power.

You suggested, “Let the world know how much you despise our president and blame him for everything that’s happening in Afghanistan.” Yes, let the world know how badly the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated during the past two weeks as a result of our current president’s decisions. That’s a good idea.

Of course, you are free to criticize President Trump’s talks with the Taliban even though an arrangement with the Taliban resulted in no American military personnel being killed in Afghanistan for nearly a year and a half. Then, thirteen US servicemen were killed Thursday. Those deaths followed the chaos created by the current administration’s rapid withdrawal plan. In August 2017… four years ago… this is what then-President Trump said about such a plan, "... the consequences of a rapid exit are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum for terrorists, including ISIS and Al Qaeda… “ Looks like that’s exactly what happened.

In President Biden’s first remarks on the chaos in Kabul, he invoked a phrase made famous by President Harry Truman when Harry said the “buck” stops in the Oval Office. Let’s see of it truly does stop with President Biden. To be fair, I’m guessing your LTE published today was submitted to the DJ before 13 brave Americans were killed in Kabul on Thursday. Those tragic deaths are a consequence of our current president’s decisions. Did you watch Thursday’s press conference? When asked about the loss of thirteen Americans following the rapid withdrawal ordered by the current administration, President Biden went silent and lowered his head. I’m thinking he had not been prepared for that question by his staff and had no answer. Joe's silence was deafening...

Rel

Ray, you write "I guess you missed nearly four years of useless hearings conducted by the likes of Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and other Democratic Party politicians that claimed Joe Biden’s predecessor colluded with a foreign power." Useless? Not hardly as Trump was cited as colluding with Russia in at least 10 instances by the Republican independent investigator. Useless? Trump was rightfully impeached twice. Only reason he was not indicted was because the Republican fix was in to the point they would not even consider the evidence especially with Ukraine.

You also wrote "President Trump’s talks with the Taliban even though an arrangement with the Taliban resulted in no American military personnel being killed in Afghanistan for nearly a year and a half." In fact, 11 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan last year, including four in combat, according to the Defense Casualty Analysis System. Twenty-three service members were killed in Afghanistan in 2019, including 17 in combat. see https://www.factcheck.org/2021/08/instagram-post-wrong-on-u-s-casualties-in-afghanistan/

As a fellow military veteran, please tell us how many lives and how much money should the U.S. continue to spend on an endless war in Afghanistan? Instead of lauding Biden's courage to do the right thing and end this war, you chose to be snide about a momentary lapse in expressing a loss of which he has done on several occasions since.

Dirk van Ulden

Rel - you can't be serious. Courage? The decision to pull out of Afghanistan was made by Trump but he had included several conditions. All of those were ignored by Biden and his national security team. To pull the military out before the civilian population is an incredibly stupid and as we know now, a deadly, decision. But, it shows that Biden surrounds himself with bureaucrats and folks who have never fought a war. His Secretary of Defense himself was fired by Trump for his ineffective handling of ISIS. Biden's military Chairman is still searching for white supremacists. Now they are bringing hoards of unvetted men, including their wives with burkas, to the US. The idiocy is astounding and is beyond even my worst expectation when Biden rolled into the Oval Office. God help us! I am also telling you this as a fellow military veteran as if that gives either of us any additional standing on this issue. You and I are both ignored by the military brass and the Susan Rices of the world.

Rel

Yes Dirk courage. Biden could have backed down from all the blasts from ending the war, but did not. I find it notable neither you, nor Ray, military vets all, will not answer the fundamental question previously asked: tell us how many more lives and how much money should the U.S. continue to spend on an endless war in Afghanistan? Biden has given his answer which apparently you are in opposition.

You and Ray would do well to heed the saying of Theodore Roosevelt. "It is not the critic who counts, but the credit goes actually to the man in the arena."

Ray Fowler

Rel

I'll respond in three parts…

Part I. According to you, I will not answer "the fundamental question previously asked: tell us how many more lives and how much money should the U.S. continue to spend on an endless war in Afghanistan... “

The answer is zero. There may have been strategic reasons to establish a presence in Afghanistan twenty years ago. Such a presence would allow the US to gather vital intelligence about the region and terrorist activities. Such a presence could deter attacks against Americans in that part of the world and possibly elsewhere. However, such a presence should be limited to an advisory role and supporting the workaday Afghan people's efforts to determine what Afghanistan should look like. It's up to Afghans to do the heavy lifting... not the US... I articulated this very same point of view earlier this week. I guess you missed it.

Yesterday, I said, "We should not have been in Afghanistan... a defined and temporary presence may have served our national interests... we should not have stayed. It's the staying part that makes all this crazy. Let's remember... Democratic and Republican congressional majorities kept funding the war in Afghanistan... While Afghanistan has been called the graveyard of empires... Alexander, the Brits, and the Rooskies were successful militarily. It's the staying part that did them in... and that happened to us, too." That's pretty clear, Rel... the answer is zero. I guess you missed that one, too.

Part II. No more "drive by" posts, please. I have no problem responding to your comments and direct questions. I try to give thoughtful answers to those questions that include factually correct information. However, more often than not, you POOF! just disappear instead of rebutting those answers… and it happened again, today.

With respect to your comments and questions today re: collusion, impeachment, combat deaths in Afghanistan, the current administration’s rapid withdrawal plan and the president’s leadership… I made the following points:

Congressional hearings into Russian collusion were useless. When will Adam Schiff share with everyone the evidence of collusion that he claims to have in his possession? The independent investigator “did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government” in Russians’ attempts to interfere with our 2016 election. Where’s the collusion, Rel?

Democrats wanted to believe that Donald Trump incited the events at the Capitol on January 6. No hearings… no evidence… but Dems still moved forward with their belief that Donald Trump should be impeached a second time. According to the FBI, there was no coordinated attack by Trump supporters on January 6… no grand scheme. Where’s the incitement, Rel?

You wanted to refute the claim that no American service members had been killed in action in Afghanistan for the year and a half prior to 13 servicemen killed on Thursday. The facts do not support your position. Look to my 11:43 am post for details. However, you ignored the point that the current administration’s rapid withdrawal plan has put American service members, American civilians, and our Afghan allies in harm’s way. Who bear’s responsibility for the deaths of 13 brave servicemen, Rel?

It’s clear there has been a failure of leadership in the Oval Office. It was on full display during Thursday’s press conference. It is not “snide” to comment on something witnessed by millions of Americans. Did you watch the press conference, Rel?

Blame for the Kabul fiasco has been cast on others even though the president said the “buck” stops with him. You’ll note… I rejected calls for Joe’s impeachment and invoking the 25th Amendment. Who is responsible for the chaos in Afghanistan, Rel?

I would ask that you respond to my comments posted today, August 28, 2021, at 11:43 am.

Part III. I have been in the arena, Rel. TR was correct… “It is not the critic who counts… “

Ray Fowler

Rel

Adam Schiff's hearings were useless unless you want to use them to make Congressional Democrats feel better about using their majority in the House to push impeachment forward. Remember, Rep. Schiff claimed to have direct evidence proving that Candidate Trump colluded with the Russians. We're still waiting for him to share it with us.

I'm assuming your mention of "the Republican independent investigator" refers to Robert Mueller. According to you, Mr. Mueller said ten times that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians. When did that happen? The American Bar Association remarked on this topic with this comment, "The special counsel found that Russia did interfere with the election, but 'did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple efforts from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.'" So, where's the collusion?

With respect to the Democratic Party's control of the second impeachment process... Dems voted to impeach Donald Trump based on their unfounded belief that Trump incited the mob events in the Capitol on January 6. No hearings... no evidence. Well, no evidence until the FBI released its findings earlier this month about the DC riots. The FBI concluded there was no coordinated effort by Trump supporters on January 6. While a small number of right-wing militia was present... maybe about 5% of the mob... there was no grand scheme. None.

Let's clear up the issue of American service members killed in Afghanistan from March 2020 through August 2021... If you watched Thursday's press conference, a reporter prefaced a question by saying that no American service members had been killed in Afghanistan for a year and a half before Thursday's tragedy. The WH did not dispute the reference. Now, that doesn't automatically validate the reporter's statement, but I'm sure the WH staff is fully aware that going back to March 2020, there were no American service members KIA in Afghanistan until August 26, 2021. That's a year and a half. You cited four combat deaths in Afghanistan in 2020 in rebuttal. However, that's somewhat misleading. Those four combat deaths were just as tragic as the deaths on Thursday, but two occurred in January 2020 and two more in February 2020... The reporter was correct...no American service members killed in action for a year and a half before Thursday.

But you're missing the point.. Is it possible a measured and more deliberate withdrawal from Afghanistan, if ordered by the current administration, could have avoided thirteen servicemen being killed on Thursday? Sure. It's possible. But that's not what has happened. If you care to argue that the current administration's rapid withdrawal plan has not put American servicemen, American civilians and Afghani allies at risk, I would like to hear that argument.

Both Joe Biden and his predecessor support getting out of Afghanistan. If you watched Thursday's press conference, you witnessed Joe going silent and lowering his head. How is it "snide" to comment on something that millions of Americans have seen with their own eyes? I added that it appeared Joe was not briefed re: how to respond to such a question by his staff. If that's not the case, what explanation would you offer for Joe's reaction?

I'm sorry, but it's not "snide" to express an opinion that questions the direction our nation's leadership is headed. Now, you can certainly disagree with my point of view and say you support the current administration's rapid withdrawal plan and its consequences. While others have made unkind comments about what they believe to be Joe's leadership failings, I did not.

I have said more than once that I am not a Joe Biden fan. However, calls by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) for impeachment or Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) wanting to invoke the 25th Amendment are wrongheaded unless there has been evidence of a crime committed by the president or documentation indicating the president's inability to discharge the duties of office.

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