Editor,

Letter writer Jorg Aadahl should do his research before he arbitrarily decides we “foolishly” got involved in a conflict with Afghanistan. President George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan because of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon that resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths orchestrated by al-Qaida, led at the time by Osama bin Laden. That invasion ousted the Taliban government who were shielding bin Laden. Aadahl doesn’t think it was the right thing to do and I don’t know who his allegiance is to, though apparently it’s not in defending our homeland where these attacks took place. In the 20 years of war with Afghanistan, 11 were during a Republican administration and eight a Democratic administration. 

Regarding his criticism of President Trump, it was Trump who negotiated with the Taliban because of his frustration with the then Afghanistan government to agree on a withdrawal date. His deal had us pulling out by May 1, 2021. But then Biden got elected president and pushed back the date to September and we all know what happened next. He and his Democrat led administration grossly miscalculated the total breakdown of the Afghan military and being abandoned by their government. This ineptness led to the complete takeover of key regions by the Taliban and rather than a peaceful withdrawal of American military, a mass chaotic exodus of American citizens and innumerable Afghans fleeing  certain death by the Taliban took place.

In the future Mr. Aadahl, do your homework before you send another of your anti-Republican tirades to the Letters department. There’s enough blame to go around for each party.

Bob Wackerman

San Mateo

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(13) comments

edkahl

You nailed it. Biden signaled Afghan leaders of his intent to completely withdraw when he refused to fund Bagram air base July 2021. It is very defensible and strategically located in Afghanistan near Pakistan. It gave us on the spot intelligence and a quick reaction time against terrorist plotting against the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We should re-occupy the Bagram air base. This is particularly needed as the Tailban's ultimate object is to size Pakistan's nukes.

Tafhdyd

Mr. Wackerman,

I am sure you have heard the saying that when you point a finger at someone there are three pointing back at you. You seem to hold Donald Trump in high esteem for his dealing with Afghanistan and don’t think much of Mr. Aadahl’s opinion of things. You said he should do his research before he comments. I would suggest you refresh your memory before you comment.

You chide him on his criticism of Trump and then praise Trump for negotiating with the Taliban. Perhaps Trump felt a special kinship or comfort dealing with a fellow corrupt organization? Regardless of that situation you complain that after President Biden won the election he delayed the exit date from May to August. Apparently you forgot that your petulant child, Donald, refused to agree to a peaceful transfer of power and even blocked the funding of the transition team which delayed the usual transfer of information to get up to speed. The exit is only one of the things delayed as a result of the actions by your crybaby idol.

Yes there is plenty of blame to go around for each party. Unfortunately no one in the Republican party accept any of it.

Terence Y

Dear readers, as listed in my comment below, it appears I got three out of four predictions correct about the rabid left. Unsurprisingly, Taffy is unable to list any abandoner-in-chief Biden accomplishments, is launching personal attacks and exposing his TDS-rage, and continues to live in the past. Meanwhile, let me help Taffy out with a surrender-in-chief Biden accomplishment – leaked transcripts show Biden pressured the Afghan President to lie about Taliban advancing – in a lame attempt to downplay the crisis. Hey Jo(k)e, everyone knew there would be a crisis and you would make an embarrassment of yourself.

Tafhdyd

Terence,

Sorry, our dear readers know that no one can hold a candle to you when it comes to personal attacks, insults and slurs. BTW, how are you doing with your bamboo fibers?

Terence Y

Thank you for your letter, Mr. Wackerman. As anyone who reads the DJ knows, Jorg has a habit of playing fast and loose with the truth, assuming there’s even a hint of truth, along with our great President Trump continuing to live rent-free in his head. Notice that since coward-in-chief Biden stole the election, Jorg, among a number of others, is unable to list any bumbling Biden accomplishments. Instead, they avoid answering questions, launch personal attacks, or continue to live in the past. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Tafhdyd

Terence,

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

Jorg

You mean, Bush attacking a country because a voice inside his head told him to, a voice of a made-up fantasy figure, to boot? Why didn’t Bush listen to outgoing President Clinton’s warnings about what Osama bin Laden was up to? Because it came from a Democrat? Instead, he wasted no time firing gay American students at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, fluent in Arabic, thus leaving intercepted documents with clues to 9/11 untranslated until after the World Trade Center attacks. While it happened, Bush was reading stories for an elementary school class, - the most important job for our President?

Instead, Bush should have read up on the history of Afghanistan and found that the British, with 40-year intervals, had attacked Afghanistan 3 times, each time staying up to 10 years, before leaving defeated. In more recent history, Russia attacked the country in 1979, staying for many years, before leaving defeated, after Reagan had helped the Taliban against the Russians! Why would Bush think that we would be more successful? Tracking down Osama bin Laden and his bandits, was of course a noble and necessary task, - except that Bush soon lost interest and left it to President Obama to complete that job successfully. Why wasn’t Bush’s mission accomplished during his two terms? Instead, he left it to President Obama to clean up all the mess he left, an almost impossible task.

And, why weren’t more questions asked when young Islamists took flight lessons to learn how to fly American commercial airplanes, - without any interest in take-off and landing? Those flyboys should have been kept track of at the highest level, - a failure both under Clinton and Bush. Instead, they were let onboard US airplanes armed with box cutters and heavenly virgins on their mind!

Ray Fowler

Good afternoon, Jorg

I responded to your LTE re: the current administration and Afghanistan with specific rebuttals to the content of your LTE. Your response... crickets.

So, with your permission I would like to post that response to your blog and give your vast number of followers, all over the world, an opportunity to comment on my remarks. Happy to do so... but no editing or censorship, please. Let me know...

I have copied my rebuttal below to make it easier for you to respond. I'd love to hear what you have to say...

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...

Dirk van Ulden

Ray - I always find it funny how JA pretends to speak on behalf of the world's opinions. I read the foreign press as well and find that the rest of world, excluding the unidentified areas that JA describes, are actually scared of Biden. Our Western allies say that the US is absent with a demented, wet noodle as a President. The evacuation took the cake. They are even more concerned when they found out that Harris would take his inevitable place. When they see that blathering General Millie they wonder where the likes of Marshall and Eisenhower have gone. Oh well, only 3 years and four months to go.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Dirk

Thanks for commenting. I mentioned a while ago in the comments section that Jon Mays should charge me more for my subscription because I'm having waaay too much fun rebutting Jorg's remarks.

When the left side of the aisle goes silent, I lean toward the explanation that it's probably not a case of "won't" but more a case of "can't" respond. I'm not too optimistic that Jorg will respond. Is it something I said? Absolutely!

Jorg

Frankly, Ray, I don’t find anything worth responding to here, and certainly nothing of interest for my blog. Just let me correct one misunderstanding: The LTE you refer to, was submitted after the killing of the 13.

Terence Y

Jorg, then why are you responding? Since you and others of your mindset are unable to list a treasoner-in-chief Biden accomplishment or even defend the senile fellow, then all we can conclude is that you’ve all realized that Biden is a global laughingstock and may even be worse than Obama-nable (I agree, I didn’t think it was possible, but here we are). BTW, is Hide’n Biden back in his basement?

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Jorg

Ah… you don’t find anything in my rebuttal to your LTE last week worth a response and certainly nothing of interest for your blog. That’s kind of a variation on your “I don’t have time to respond” canned reaction to material in the comments section that refutes your remarks or takes a different position.

Another standard non-response reply from you includes the practice of labeling an opposing point of view as nonsense. Of course, you conveniently omit any explanation why an opposing point of view is nonsensical. I think it’s fair to say that while we can disagree on an issue, disagreement alone does not relegate another person's comments about an issue to nonsense.

You have on occasion responded with personal attacks instead of responding to a question, and in your blog, you have actually censored commentary. What’s ironic is that you invite anyone to post on your blog “for all the world to see” but you have assumed the role of deciding what should be seen. How does that promote an exchange in the “marketplace of ideas”?

Then… there’s always crickets.

Jorg, you appear to be an educated man… someone who is well-traveled and keenly interested in what’s going on in the world. Why so much ducking and weaving?

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