Afghanistan

A Righteous Failure


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As I posted on social media, I’ll let other cartoonists draw General Mark Milley on a pedestal.

General Milley got between Donald Trump and his nuke button days after the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol, committed by white supremacists on behalf of Donald Trump. Donald is insane and shouldn’t be anywhere near a television remote, less enough the button to nuclear weapons. General Mark Milley should be praised for his actions. But that praise isn’t a free pass to escape without criticism when it comes to major military fuck-ups.

After the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport that killed nearly 200 people, including 13 Americans, and injuring over 150, President Joe Biden promised reprisal. Within two days, the U.S. military launched a drone strike they claimed killed several members of the the terrorist organization, ISIS-K. They were wrong.

The New York Times conducted an investigation and found that the strike didn’t kill terrorists, but instead, killed ten innocent people, including seven children. And the military followed the driver for over eight hours. When it was first reported, General Milley resisted and called the strike a “Righteous strike.” Even after this, my colleagues and other opinion journalists were still praising General Milley. Yes, compared to Donald Trump, Milley is a saint…but that is a very low bar. Being better than Donald Trump doesn’t make you a good person. It just makes you better than Trump. Killing children is not “righteous.” Milley still has not apologized for this.

Conservatives have been demanding Milley’s resignation for stopping a president (sic) who had attempted a coup from using nuclear weapons. Now, they’ll probably add this to it, but not because they demand justice, but because it supports their political agenda. I hate that this cartoon will be used to help Trump supporters who also supported an attack against our government and nation. But I call balls and strikes how I see them.

These two issues are unrelated to me. Stopping Trump from nuking China is a very good thing. Killing innocents in a hasty rush for retribution and media coverage is very bad. I thought we got rid of doing reactionary stupid shit for ratings when we defeated Trump in the election. President Biden is supposed to be better. Let’s be better.

Also, would the military had ever acknowledged they killed ten innocent people, seven of them children, if a free press hadn’t reported it? They can also do better than condolences and thoughts and prayers. These were human lives. People in other countries are just as much of human beings as U.S. citizens. We did the very same thing ISIS-K did, killed innocent people, except we get to say “oops.”

Even with a president who is not Donald Trump, I will never blindly trust the government or the military. I’m not putting anyone on any pedestals because I don’t have any pedestals to give.

Creative note: I was thinking about this subject yesterday and taking Milley off the pedestal. That’s the point of me doing this subject. I wasn’t going to draw a cartoon today, but this subject kept waking me up. And as I was lying in bed wanting to go back to sleep, I kept thinking of different ideas for this subject. So, I had to do the cartoon today. This was going to be my Monday….but now I gotta find something else.

Prediction: A dozen other cartoonists will go after Milley’s pedestal tomorrow.

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Turn Out The Lights


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I have a very non-bold prediction. A year from now, a majority of Americans will be satisfied with the way President Biden handled the withdrawal out of Afghanistan. And those still giving him low marks won’t remember why. Case in point: We lost fewer Americans in Afghanistan than we lost to Covid during the Trump presidency (sic), a virus he admitted he downplayed. Ask a Republican about that now and he’ll give you the same look a dog gives after he’s asked to tell the ingredients of moussaka.

Despite the world screaming at him, President Biden stuck to his promise. He stuck to a deadline when horrible images were coming out of the Kabul airport. He stuck to his deadline when people were falling off planes. He stuck to his deadline after a terrorist attack killed 13 Americans and over 160 Afghans. He stuck to his deadline and when that deadline came, we were gone. Yes, there are still Americans in Afghanistan, but he stuck to the deadline.

This is leadership. Republicans don’t recognize it because they’re Trump supporters.

Biden has made mistakes with this ordeal he inherited, mostly with his prediction that Afghanistan wouldn’t fall to the Taliban. But outside of that, I don’t think you can blame him for anything. Last night, a few political prognosticators were clamoring for a resignation from the White House over this. Who do they want to resign? They don’t know…just someone. Someone has to pay. Except we already fired the guy who made this shitty evacuation deal with the Taliban, so we’re good. Also, how do you fire someone for doing exactly what you told them to do?

Yesterday, I saw a lunatic on social media describe the withdrawal as nothing but a disaster for President Biden. Yet, over 123,000 people were evacuated in a span of two weeks. That is not a total disaster. Yes, a lot of people were left behind, including Americans. But President Biden showed leadership and stuck to the deadline. Were we supposed to extend the deadline again and bring in more troops to do it right? I don’t care how many people you airlift out of Afghanistan, there will will always be someone in Afghanistan who wants to get out of Afghanistan. It’s like Mississippi that way.

Remember, this withdrawal was set by a deal Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo made with the Taliban. A lot of people say we should have started our withdrawal earlier, but the Afghanistan government asked us not to out of fear there would be a mad rush to the airport creating a humanity crisis…which happened anyway. So, how could we have avoided this “disaster”? Answer: We couldn’t have.

But for some reason, despite this being such a huge “disaster” for President Biden, Republicans still have to make shit up.

The Taliban’s seizure of U.S. weaponry has been covered extensively. There are fears the Taliban will use these weapons against the United States. But, even if the Taliban could somehow fly Black Hawk helicopters across oceans halfway around the world, or drive the stolen Humvees to our shores, they promised they would never attack, or allow any group from inside their nation, to attack America. This is in the deal made by Donald Trump. I mean, it’s like Republicans suddenly don’t have faith in Donald Trump as a great dealmaker anymore. But, just like the treaty he signed with North Korea, there are not actual obligations or accounting required from the Taliban in the Trump deal. Even the part about negotiating peace with the Afghan government only required the Taliban to think about trying to make peace with the Afghan government maybe possibly kinda sorta.

Republicans also found a clip of a helicopter flying over Kabul with a man dangling from it. They claimed the person was being hung from the helicopter, which was stolen from the United States. Then, they claimed not only was it an innocent person being hung, but an Afghan interpreter who helped the United States. Of course, this is all Joe Biden’s fault. But…

…it wasn’t true. There was a guy swinging from the helicopter but he wasn’t hung. He was alive and waving. A reporter who knew the pilot said they were trying to hang the Taliban flag onto a tall building from the helicopter, but it didn’t work out. The pilot was trained by the U.S. and was in the Afghan military, but I guess he works for the Taliban now.

Republicans, stop getting your news from 4chan and YouTube. Also, maybe don’t buy into Taliban propaganda. I know it’s hard because it’s so similar to Trump propaganda.

Then, Republicans found a photo of a bunch of dogs in crates. The Washington Times reported they were rescue dogs abandoned by the U.S. military…and Joe Biden. Also, none of the dogs were house trained. Goddamn you, Joe Biden! Again, it wasn’t true. They were not military dogs or owned by the United States.

Republicans, stop getting your news from The Washington Times, which is literally owned by a cult.

A lot of these idiots say we should have taken all this military equipment with us when we left Afghanistan. The problem with that brilliant idea is that it didn’t belong to us. It belonged to the Afghanistan government. Republicans are very simplistic thinkers.

They’re also lying about the cost of the equipment left behind with some claiming it’s over $80 million when it’s actually closer to $16 million.

The truth is, all that military equipment has already served the purpose it was made for. That purpose was for the military industrial complex to make money. The U.S. defense industry is all about making money off the backs of taxpayers, which means they have to keep producing weaponry, even if those weapons are never used.

Currently, the Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio produces 11 Abrams tanks a month. These tanks are about $6-8 million each. What are we doing with these tanks? We’re putting them in storage. We already have over 4,000 tanks in storage and the military has actually said it has enough tanks. But nope. The government keeps ordering more tanks.

The other thing about the military industrial complex is that it makes shit to fall apart. A Toyota hatchback will last two decades longer than a $8 million Abrams tank or a $10 million Black Hawk helicopter. All those tanks in storage will fall apart just by sitting there, and then we’ll spend millions upgrading them, and then upgrade again when the upgraded shit falls apart. It’s why I’m not that concerned with the heavy machinery and aircraft seized by the Taliban. And when that shit breaks down and they need to reorder parts from the U.S. government, good luck with the U.S. government’s automatic voice greetings.

“Thank you for calling the U.S. government’s tank and helicopter parts division. Your call is very important to us. Currently, our operators are assisting other customers. You’re our 87th caller…someone will get to your call shortly. If you would like to hang up and have a service representative return your call….” Spoiler: Nobody’s going to return your call. Also, after waiting two hours to be number two in line, it will hang up on you. It’s scary how I know all that by heart…and you do too.

There are still people to be rescued from Afghanistan, but we’re out of the Afghanistan business and President Joe Biden made it happen. A year from now, or tomorrow, most of us are going to be glad to be out of the Afghanistan business, except for simplistic-thinking MAGAts and people who build Abrams tanks for a living.

As for all the material shit we left behind, it’s another cost of this two-decade failure. Let it go. And I would have told the last American soldier in Afghanistan to turn out the light, if there were actually any lights in Afghanistan.

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Love, Hate, Terror


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Ashli Babbitt was a terrorist. She invaded the Capitol on January 6 with thousands of other terrorists in an attempt to overturn a democratically-held election and install an unelected dictator. They were trying to prevent Congress from certifying the election, a process mandated by the United States Constitution. Ashli Babbitt was an Air Force veteran…and a terrorist.

Ashli Babbitt was the worst kind of terrorist because she had previously taken an oath to protect her country.

When Babbitt was shot, she was wearing a Trump flag as a cape inside the Capitol. She was with a crowd of fellow Trump terrorists smashing glass on the doors that led into the lobby of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer because Ashli Babbitt was a terrorist committing a terrorist attack against the country she swore to serve and protect. She is a traitor and a terrorist.

Since January 6, the day MAGA terrorists attacked our nation, Qanon, Republicans, and Donald Trump have been portraying Ashli Babbitt as a hero and the police officer who shot her as a villain who committed murder.

Before the officer revealed himself, Trump supporters had been spreading his name across the internet, mostly on hate sites. The intention here is to provide enough information so one of them can kill him.

Maria Bartiromo, a Fox News goon, described Babbitt as a “wonderful young woman who went to a peaceful protest.” Donald Trump described her in a similar manner and said, “I will tell you they know who shot Ashley Babbitt, they’re protecting that person.” Uh, yeah. The government was and still is protecting that person because Donald Trump and his followers have been vilifying him and they have a history of terrorist attacks.

And yes, the government knew who shot her and they cleared the officer of any wrongdoing and justified his actions.

Donald Trump is attacking an officer of a government agency for killing a person trying to hurt members of Congress, while he himself is still protected by officers of a government agency.

Trump claimed the person responsible for shooting Babbitt was sent by a high-level Democratic operative. Trump said, “I’ve heard also that it was the head of security for a certain high official, a Democrat, and we’ll see because it’s going to come out. It’s going to come out.” Bartiromo implied the operative was sent by Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Maybe if there was some sort of investigation led by Congress, then we could discover more information.

Actually, we know who shot Ashli Babbitt while defending the Capitol. Though he has revealed himself, I’m not going to repeat his name and help MAGAt terrorists.

The office explained he was protecting the Capitol, members of Congress, fellow officers, and himself. Babbitt and the other terrorists had the officers cornered where they could not retreat. Babbitt and her fellow MAGAt goons were warned repeatedly to stop. Since then, the officer has been receiving death threats.

Republicans in Congress have been trying to paint the terrorist attack as a peaceful protest or just regular daily tourism. They voted against investigating the attack. Republicans voted against awarding medals to the Capitol Police who worked to save their lives.

So, when I hear Republicans bash President Biden over the deaths of Americans in Afghanistan, I’m not buying their sincerity. I don’t want to hear the people who refused to give medals to Capitol Police officers bash the president for looking at his watch during a ceremony for fallen Marines. Why, if Donald Trump could tell time, you’d never catch him looking at his watch during these kinds of ceremonies. Though there was that time Trump didn’t to go to a ceremony because it was raining and he would get his hair wet.

Republicans have spent the past eight months championing terrorists. They don’t get to pretend they hate terrorists now. Fake indignation is all the GOP has left.

If you hate the people who killed 13 Americans in Kabul last week, then you should equally hate Ashli Babbitt.

Because Ashli Babbitt was a terrorist.

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Bush, Barney, Biden


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After the two bombings in Kabul that killed over 100 people, including 13 Americans, Republicans started calling for President Joe Biden to resign. They didn’t even wait until the next day.

Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted a rhetorical question and answered it herself in case nobody else would. She tweeted, “Should Biden step down or be removed for his handling of Afghanistan? Yes.” Funny that she didn’t call for Trump’s resignation after he bailed on our Kurdish allies in Syria and allowed Russia and Turkey to slaughter them by the hundreds. Does Nikki have an opinion on the over 130,000 Kurds who had to flee their homes from Trump’s betrayal?

Missouri Senator, Josh Hawley, who gave a waving fist bump to Trump’s terrorists gathering outside the United States Capitol, tweeted, “It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”

Tennessee senator, Marsha Blackburn, said, “It’s time for accountability, starting with those whose failed planning allowed these attacks to occur. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, and Mark Milley should all resign or face impeachment and removal from office.” Accountability? When a Republican is in the White House, accountability is like a black Barbie doll in Arizona. Nobody’s going to buy it (I stole that joke from 30 Rock).

Did you notice the pattern where none of these Republicans used “President” when referring to Biden? On the day of a terrorist attack that cost lives, including 13 Americans, they can’t stop playing politics. Even the political cartoonists whose first response is typically a crying Uncle Sam or crying Lady Liberty, drew cartoons attacking Biden. Sure, a president should be held accountable, but we usually wait until at least the next day in this nation.

One of my conservative colleagues drew a horrible unimaginative cartoon of the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. Next to those, he had the Biden Memorial which was a symbol of dead soldiers. Several years ago, I walked to the Lincoln Memorial with this very same cartoonist. While walking through the Vietnam Memorial, I should have pointed out that every name on it was for a dead soldier. So, yeah…we have those in Washington.

But here’s what he’s missing: Americans were killed in combat during each of those presidential terms. Over 750,000 died during Lincoln’s tenure. This same cartoonist is a huge fan of Ronald Reagan. He still thinks trickle-down worked. I’m sure he never called for Reagan’s resignation, and probably worked for his reelection, after 241 Americans were killed by a terrorists attack in Beirut in 1983.

This same guy never called for George W. Bush to resign, and probably worked for his reelection, after terrorists killed 2,977 people on his watch. I don’t remember any Republicans calling for his resignation, especially not the day of the attack.

Do you remember what happened after 9/11? The country rallied and everyone put American flag magnets on their cars. There were “support the troops” bumper stickers. People, and the president, said, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” If you asked for Bush’s resignation, or oh my god, asked for any accountability, or asked, “Do we really need to create laws to spy on Americans and suspend the U.S. Constitution?,” then you would be accused of being against us. George Bush was given a blank check by Congress.

What did we do after 9/11? We created a brand new federal department and cabinet position. We created the Patriot Act which Republican’s didn’t hate until we elected Obama (How dare he use that law we created!) We started torturing. We detained prisoners in military jails off American soil so they wouldn’t have any rights. We even invaded the wrong country. During the build-up to that invasion, we in the media were told we weren’t supposed to ask “why.” I almost got fired from my newspaper job at the time. It’s really difficult to be a political cartoonist when you’re prohibited from questioning authority and that’s exactly what happened to me.

Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney didn’t even wait until September 12 to start creating connections to Iraq so they could invade that country and give no-bid contracts to their buddies. After Beirut, Ronald Reagan invaded the wrong country too, sending troops to kill Cubans in Grenada TWO days after the Beirut bombing. Invading Grenada got people’s minds off the 241 Americans killed by Reagan’s ineptness, and made them feel all warm and squishy inside even though they didn’t know where Grenada was. Maybe Biden should do the same thing? Is there another Caribbean island that has it coming? Maybe do Grenada again since it’s been about 40 years.

I am just a cartoonist which means I suck at math. Math is NOT my area of expertise. I count on fingers and toes when I’m adding a tip. But, despite my suckiness at math, I’m pretty sure that 2,977 and even 241 are greater numbers than 13.

One American killed on Biden’s watch, or any president’s watch, is too many. But you’re demanding a resignation from 13 deaths while you rallied the troops after much larger attacks? I’m starting to think this might be partisan. Maybe? Hmm? Did you know George W. Bush was even warned of an impending attack by al Qaida? Yeah, he knew and still, nobody asked for his resignation. It was only until a few years after he invaded the wrong country that people started to notice that he wasn’t a very good president. OK, a lot of us knew sooner than that, but the general population was in favor of invading the wrong country and even elected the guy. It wasn’t until the middle of his second term that the rest of the nation was done with Bush. He didn’t even go to the GOP convention in 2008 because the Republicans didn’t want to remind people Bush was a Republican. It took the god-awful horrifying presidency (sic) of Donald Trump for people to look at Bush in a positive light again. The best thing about George W. Bush is that he’s not Donald Trump.

Republicans are even calling for President Biden’s impeachment. But the thing about impeachment is that a law needs to be broken. You know, “high crimes and misdemeanors.” President Biden has not committed any crimes. And the people making these calls ignored the crimes Donald Trump committed that justified his TWO impeachments.

No Republican called for Donald Trump’s resignation after 26 people were killed in a mass shooting in Sutherland, Texas, or when 17 were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida…or the 10 in a Santa Fe, Texas school shooting, or the 11 at the Pittsburgh synagogue, or the 12 in Thousand Oaks, California, or the 12 in Virginia Beach, or the 22 by a Trump supporter at a Walmart in El Paso. Not one Republican called for Trump’s resignation after hundreds of thousands died from the coronavirus after he said it would “someday magically disappear” or after he admitted he downplayed it.

President Joe Biden is a good president. He had a bad day. This attack still would have happened no matter who was in the White House…especially after Donald Trump negotiated this withdrawal with the Taliban. The attack on the U.S. Capitol only happened because Donald Trump was president (sic).

After supporting, enabling, and refusing to hold Donald Trump and his terrorists accountable after January 6, 2021, and are now calling for President Biden’s resignation after a terrorist attack, are hypocrites. You can’t call for a resignation after a terrorist attack when you’re a terrorist sympathizer.

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Kabul’s Reapers


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How bad is ISIS-K? The Taliban hates them.

We spent the past two decades fighting the Taliban. The Taliban created a safe haven for al Qaida to train and conduct their terrorism. Al Qaida attacked the United States at least three times from the comfort and safety of the Taliban’s Afghanistan. So when you hear the Taliban are upset over a terrorist attack by ISIS-K, it’s not that the Taliban hates terrorism…they just hate that brand of terrorism.

It’s like pumpkin spice coffee. Hating pumpkin spice coffee doesn’t mean I hate all coffee. ISIS-K is the pumpkin spice of terrorism just like Donald Trump is the pumpkin spice of American presidents.

The Taliban claims they are the new-and-improved Taliban. Donald Trump wanted a photo-op with them. Mike Pompeo did get a photo-op with them. Donald Trump wanted their leader released from an Afghanistan prison, and he’s now ruling over the entire nation. Donald Trump negotiated our exit from Afghanistan, not with the government of Afghanistan, but with the Taliban. Today, we’re allowing the Taliban to manage security outside the Kabul Airport. The Taliban has assured us they will not attack U.S. forces during the withdrawal.

And then yesterday, a terrorist attack hit the airport. At this time (around 9:00 AM EST, 08/27/2021), at least 110 people are dead, including 13 Americans. ISIS-K has claimed responsibility. There was a warning the day before that ISIS-K might attack the airport. So yeah, I believe it was ISIS-K. How horrible do you have to be for the Taliban to think you’re an extremist? And there isn’t a guarantee the Taliban won’t create another safe haven for al Qaida.

One thing I despise about this is the nationalism we inject when there were so many other losses. I’ve already seen at least three cartoons with crying Uncle Sams and folding American flags. There will be more. I’m not against mourning the Americans who died. I’m against only mourning the Americans who died. Most headlines are saying, “13 Americans dead…and some other people.”

The other thing I despise is the immediate pile-on by Republicans to attack Biden, and I’ve already seen cartoons doing that. Liberals and Democrats didn’t do that to George W. Bush on 9/11. Can Republicans give it a day before they politicize 110 deaths? Did Democrats attack Ronald Reagan the day terrorists killed 241 Americans in Beirut, or did they give that a day? When a Republican is president during a terrorist attack, we’re supposed to rally around the flag. When a Democrat is president during a terrorist attack, then we need to start impeachment hearings. The exception to this is Donald Trump because when terrorists committed attacks during his presidency (sic), they were his terrorists.

President Biden said to the terrorists responsible for this attack, “We will hunt you down.” He’s continuing the evacuations despite more threats. He said this is the worst day of his presidency. That is leadership. We will continue to evacuate Americans and refugees, and looking at our track record at finding and killing terrorists, we will hunt them down.

The worst thing that could come from this terrorist attack is that it makes us stay in Afghanistan longer. Quite frankly, that’s what terrorists want. It’s a lot easier to kill Americans over there than over here. We still have to leave Afghanistan…now.

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Who’s Your Daddy?


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I have put plenty of blame for the withdrawal of U.S. forces and refugees from Afghanistan on President Joe Biden. There is a lot of blame to go around, but the one thing I hate is when Democrats place all the blame on previous administrations as a way to deflect blame from President Biden. Yes, President Biden was handed a really bad deal, but he’s president. All presidents get bad deals from the previous administration.

Donald Trump walked into office hating basically everything the Obama administration left him that he couldn’t put his name on. He loved taking credit for the economy President Obama left him. He always boasted about how he made us energy independent even though President Obama had accomplished that in 2015.

But Donald Trump ripped apart our nuclear treaty with Iran. This move wasn’t just a stick in the eye to Iran, but a betrayal to every nation that was a partner in the treaty. Now, if Iran gets a nuclear weapon in the future, will Republicans go back and blame Donald Trump? Highly doubtful.

Donald Trump tore up the Paris Climate Agreement. He tore up NAFTA, which was left by the Clinton presidency. He tore up several other treaties, trade deals, and even attacked agreements made with NATO. Funny thing with NATO: He was screaming about our partners increasing their defense spending, which they had already committed to doing from pressure by President Obama. Most the new deals by the “greatest dealmaker” ever were just tiny adjustments that didn’t change much of anything.

Donald Trump even tore apart the plan left by the Obama administration on dealing with a pandemic.

What Trump did in a lot of cases was to NOT honor agreements made by the United States of America. He taught the world that not only couldn’t they trust any deal made with the President (sic) of the United States, but that they couldn’t trust the United States. The world is not overly confident we won’t elect another racist xenophobic corrupt loose cannon like Trump, if not Trump himself, in the future.

Here’s a guarantee: If Donald Trump does become president again (shudder), all the shit he created in his first administration will be blamed on President Biden. This isn’t a hard prediction to make.

What President Biden did with Afghanistan did was honor Trump’s deal. He extended the deadline a bit, but he kept America’s promise which still disgusts me since it was a Trump promise.

Trump is one of the daddies to this huge failure in Afghanistan. He tried to own the evacuation and campaigned on getting our people out. He set the date. He negotiated with the Taliban instead of the Afghanistan government. He tried to stage a photo-op with the Taliban at Camp David on 9/11, which failed because the Taliban…the fucking Taliban…didn’t trust him. Mike Pompeo did have a photo-op with the head of the Taliban, a guy the Trump administration helped get released from an Afghanistan prison. The Trump administration did all it could to deny refugees from entering our nation which created the visa backlog we’re dealing with now. Now, the Republican Party has erased everything about Trump and Afghanistan from all their websites. AfghaniWhoNow?

Trust me. Donald owns this right along with George W. Bush. If nothing else, Bush should have had a plan in place before leaving office. He didn’t.

George W. Bush is the daddy for our being in Afghanistan and Donald Trump is the daddy of this withdrawal failure and refugee crisis. Donald Trump has his nasty orange DNA all over it.

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Still Not Trump


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When I heard that President Joe Biden was going to deliver more remarks last Friday on Afghanistan, my first thought was, “Stop.”

President Biden usually has a speech every day. Sometimes he does two. I think it might be a bit much in absence of press conferences, which he does occasionally. But he has done a good job showing he is on top of the issues and knows what he’s doing…until Afghanistan.

After Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, Biden took a day…and another before addressing the nation. He had to figure out what to say to the nation after his prediction, that the Taliban wouldn’t overrun the government, was proven wrong in 11 days. He never addressed that.

President Biden went from saying the Taliban won’t fail to it was inevitable to it’s not a failure. While saying the buck stops with him, he spread the blame. He even blamed Afghans for not wanting to leave, ignoring the backlog of visa applications before the troop withdrawal. As Biden likes to say, c’mon, man.

But at least he’s not Trump. Yes, a lot of this is the fault of Donald Trump who set the timeline, who negotiated with the Taliban instead of the Afghanistan government, who claimed the Taliban would fight terror which is like saying McDonald’s will fight obesity. And mostly, it was Donald Trump’s administration who did everything it could to prevent Afghan refugees from entering the United States. George W. Bush should also accept a lot of the blame because like with Iraq, there was never a plan to get out of Afghanistan.

For the record, while I was opposed to the invasion of Iraq, I totally supported the invasion of Afghanistan to the point of taking out the host of al Qaida, the terrorists who attacked our nation from Afghanistan. People forget that 9/11 was NOT the first terrorist attack against our nation committed by al Qaida from the comfort and security of Afghanistan, courtesy of the Taliban. But I was never in favor of nation building or staying in Afghanistan for two decades. That’s lunacy and history tells us it doesn’t work.

Being in Afghanistan is not President Biden’s fault. Withdrawing from Afghanistan is not President Biden’s fault. The way we conducted this withdrawal is partly President Biden’s fault. If Donald Trump left us in such a horrible position that a withdrawal would create a disaster such as this, then the current president should have done something about it. Maybe he should have gotten all those visas approved before we closed our embassy and gave up the military airfield. Just saying.

While you can blame Trump, you can’t look at this and say Biden has done a good job with it. But, you can say, “At least he’s not Trump.” Right?

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Mr. Taliban Head


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Tucker Carlson has a nightly TV show in prime time where he offers his opinions on anything and everything despite the fact he has no real world experience at anything. Tucker especially fails at grasping foreign relations and the military. This trust-fund baby barely survived prep school and even got kicked out of one in Switzerland, probably for being too white.

None of that stops Tucker from being Tucker. Even if Tucker was capable of understanding complex matters, he’d still use the fall of Afghanistan as ammunition for his favorite cause, hating progressivism, which he also seems to know nothing about. Yes, Tucker is blaming the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban on wokeness.

First, when liberals speak of being “woke,” they’re being sarcastic. It’s kind of a way to mock conservatives who mock liberals, or just empathetic people for being openminded. Woke is another culture war brand like cancel culture and political correctness. Woke is gaining a better understanding or race and sex. Cancel culture is getting rid of hateful images and not letting Nazis speak on college campuses. Political correctness is just not being an asshole. Conservatives hate all these movements and if they’re really good at hating it, they get a talk show. But none of this stuff is weakening our military.

Last week, Tucker said on his show, “It turns out the people of Afghanistan don’t actually want gender studies symposia. They didn’t actually buy the idea that men can become pregnant. They thought that was ridiculous. They don’t hate their own masculinity. They don’t think it’s toxic — they like the patriarchy. Some of their women like it too.”

This is why people who watch Fox News are so ignorant of current events. If you listen to Tucker, it sounds like the Taliban won an election and the people rejected the liberal agenda of the former government. This sells really well to Tucker’s audience, which is mostly made up of Christian male white supremacists. But how does Tucker know any of this? Has there been a poll in Afghanistan? Can Tucker cite a source that he didn’t pull out of his ass?

The Taliban did not win an election. The people of Afghanistan did NOT choose the Taliban. For that matter, the government that was chased out was only slightly less conservative than the Taliban. Both sides create laws guided by their religious fundamentalism. This was not a battle between conservatives and progressives. Basically, this is like going from conservatives in Alabama to conservatives who want to eliminate voting and women’s right entirely. OK, Alabama was a bad example.

Prep boy Tucker is also selling the idea the military was selling “wokeness.” Do what? The United States military wasn’t selling liberalism to Afghanistan. The U.S. military was even turning a blind eye to the child-abuse culture of Afghanistan. Yes, that is a real thing. Ignoring child abuse is not being woke.

But Tucker is not alone with this idiotic argument.

Rod Dreher, from the American Conservative (it’s a magazine…I think), wrote, “America might not know how to win actual wars, but it sure is going to equip its troops to win the culture war against traditional morality and old-fashioned American values.” Dreher, like Tucker, is a big fan of the nationalistic Hungarian government. They’re hungry for Hungary. See what I did there?

Kurt Schlicter, who writes for the ultra-conservative website, Town Hall, also uses the word “woke” to describe our military. He also ponders the question: Why hasn’t Antifa done anything about the Taliban yet? This is where you’re allowed to pause to slap your forehead.

You can look at these morons and believe their opinions shouldn’t matter because they are in fact morons. These opinions are not based on any facts and they’re only used to spread their brand of hate. But, they have a large audience that eats up these moronic opinions. Tucker has the most popular “news” show on primetime. Kurt Schlicter has over 340,000 followers on Twitter. Roy Dreher has over 70,000. People, mostly racists, are listening to these mooks. Hate sells. It got Donald Trump elected. It’s making Tucker Carlson richer. It makes people buy shitty pillows.

While the United States didn’t defeat the Taliban, Afghanistan lost Afghanistan. And it’s not because people can’t decide if Mr. Potato Head is a mister or not. Fact: Neither Mr. or Mrs. Potato head has a penis.

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No More Like That Guy


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Over at Fox News, the morons are at it again and they’re having a difficult time concealing their xenophobia.

Of course, it all starts with Tucker. Tucker Carlson claims if we let in Afghan refugees, it will be an invasion. Keep in mind, these refugees are being hunted down by the Taliban for working with America against terrorists. Their lives are in danger because they fought in the war on terror. Tucker and other Republicans believe these people are dangerous and not the likes of the Trump terrorists who stormed into the United States Capitol complex to overturn an election.

These people defend and cover up for real terrorists while fear mongering over hypothetical ones.

Tucker said, “If history is any guide, and it’s always a guide, we will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country in coming months, probably in your neighbourhood.” That’d probably be a good thing and much more preferable than having the Qanon Shaman move in next door…or Tucker.

Tucker believes in the Great Replacement Theory that Democrats are changing the demographics of the country through immigration to replace white people like Tucker. He believes this is part of that strategy. He also claimed that after immigrants arrive here, they start hating America. He says Representative Ilhan Omar “got worse” after she arrived to America and started hating this country. Dude, she got here when she was about 12 years old. Just because your maturity hasn’t advanced beyond that age, don’t believe others are as simplistic as you are. Trust me on this, we all get worse after 12.

Former White House goon, Stephen Miller, is now gooning on Fox News…which is something he did while we were paying him to goon for the government. Earlier this week, he brought his racism, xenophobia, and all-around ickiness to Laura Ingraham, who has spent years training to suppress her gag reflex to be around creepers like Miller.

Stephen Miller said, “The United States of America never, ever made a promise—written or unwritten—to the people of Afghanistan that if after 20 years they were unable to secure their own country that we would take them to ours.” Mostly, Miller is afraid that after they get here, they’ll laugh at spray-on hair.

Afghanistan veteran and former CIA analyst, Matt Zeller, said, “Stephen Miller never wore a uniform a day in his life. He’s a privileged little brat! He ought to be held for war crimes.”

Zeller put a lot of blame on Trump for the refugee crisis saying, “The reason all these people are stuck in Afghanistan right now is because the visa program created to get them here, it was purposely shut down by the Trump administration for the last four years.”

He also said, “The Trump administration came in and purposely destroyed it. The reason why all of these Afghans were stuck in Afghanistan for as long as they were in the first place is because those people made sure they couldn’t get out. As I said before, they’re as complicit as the Taliban are in these people’s deaths.”

I’m not worried about refugees who fought against the Taliban being a threat to our nation. I’m more worried about the MAGA goon who parked his truck on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress yesterday claiming he had a bomb.

The Capitol Police, a police force gaining experience with terrorism on a daily basis, negotiated with the man for hours before he surrendered. He didn’t have a bomb in his truck, but he did have bomb making material, including a propane tank.

The guy is a wannabe terrorist who is a Trump supporter. He livestreamed on Facebook that he wants President Biden and Democrats to resign. He’s really stressed out about the situation in Afghanistan. Maybe he’s afraid some Afghan refugee will become a terrorist and drive his pickup truck onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress and make bomb threats.

The worst people we could bring to this nation would be people like Trump supporters. We don’t need more people like the pickup truck Trump terrorist (say that fast three times), Tucker Carlson, or Stephen Miller. I would rather replace each of them with an Afghan refugee who fought against terrorism.

Maybe we can make MAGAts refugees and export them to Afghanistan. We can do a swap. We get the Afghans who fought against the Taliban, and they get the MAGAts who staged a terrorist attack against the United States.

Trumpers and the Taliban have a lot in common.

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Burqas and Babies


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Whining about mask mandates is a first-world problem. The debate over vaccines is a first-world problem. People in a lot of other nations can’t debate vaccines because they don’t have access to them. Here in this country, we have the privilege of faux outrage. We have access to vaccines to refuse to take. If we didn’t have the vaccines, Republicans would have to go back to screaming about Critical Race Theory and whether or not Mr. Potato Head has a ding-dong.

White Republican males have to be the most persecuted people in the history of persecuted people. They even claim that teaching about other people’s persecution is persecuting them.

Conservatives are screaming about mask mandates in schools. They refer to masks as muzzles which only demonstrates their stupidity. They’re attacking scientists, doctors, and educators because they’re trying to save lives. The fact is, face masks do save lives. Anyone who is willing to expose their child to the coronavirus for their partisan politics should have child protective services called on them.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, women don’t have the luxury of debating covering their faces. In Afghanistan, mandatory means mandatory. Here, you can at least opt out with a doctor’s note. Even places that require vaccinations will give you an out if you have proof of a recent negative covid test. There are no excuses in Afghanistan. Women in Afghanistan have been beaten for not covering up. When people start beating you for not wearing a face mask at Walmart, let me know.

The real irony is that the people in the United States protesting mask mandates and vaccines while shouting about freedom are closer aligned to the Taliban than they are to democracy. MAGA and the Taliban are both cults.

While our failure in Afghanistan is an international embarrassment, so is the refusal to be vaccinated in this nation. It’s a huge embarrassment to the world that so many Americans refuse to protect their children in service to their cult.

Being outraged over having to wear a face mask is a first-world problem. Your being a whiny little…baby…is a luxury.

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