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President in Name Only

Brett Davis

Posted on August 26, 2021 20:01

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Joe Biden’s appalling subservience to the Taliban has cost him his moral authority as leader of the free world.

There is a scene in the 1980 film “Superman II” in which Gen. Zod — along with his two fellow Kryptonian subordinates — captures the White House, easily mowing through all defenses and breaking into the Oval Office to accept the surrender of the president of the United States. Zod correctly intuits the first man to identify himself as the president is an imposter. “You are not the president,” Zod calmly observes of a man too eager to prostrate himself before his new master. “No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly.”

Tragically, in real life — as opposed to reel life — President Biden proves otherwise in essentially bowing to the Taliban by acquiescing to the terrorist group’s August 31 “red line” withdrawal date from Afghanistan, whether or not all Americans are evacuated. The prospect of American citizens (and allies) being abandoned in Afghanistan by adhering to an artificial deadline demanded by the Taliban is an unconscionable dereliction of duty by Biden.

Biden’s weakness on the world stage in the form of a rapid exit of U.S. forces from Afghanistan followed by a hurried re-insertion of forces as withdrawal plans collapsed under the pressure of a Taliban sweep of the country was like blood in the water with sharks circling nearby. Thus the inevitable attack on the airport in Kabul that claimed the lives of, among others, U.S. military personnel, the first American combat casualties in Afghanistan since February 2020.

Biden is now under more pressure than ever to act like a commander in chief, having set his own red line last week when he told CBS News reporter Bo Erickson, “Look, we’ve made clear to the Taliban that any attack — any attack on our forces or disruption of our operations at the airport will be met with a swift and forceful response.”

Sadly, the Taliban, like the rest of the world — including the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other bad actors in-country — could be forgiven for dismissing Biden’s thus far empty threats. America’s enemies in Afghanistan doubt Biden’s resolve precisely because he does not behave as the leader of the world’s sole superpower.

Biden is the duly elected president of the United States, of course, but his shameful capitulation to the Taliban and all that has wrought has stripped him of all moral authority as such.

A real president would have told the Taliban the evacuation of all Americans and allies from Afghanistan will take as long as necessary, backed by a credible threat of force prepared to obliterate any Taliban attackers foolish enough to interfere with said evacuation.

A real president would have listened to his military commanders on the ground in Afghanistan, heeded the warnings of intelligence officials, and acted accordingly.

A real president would have, in consultation with allies, planned for a safe and orderly U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is not the president.

 

Brett Davis

Posted on August 26, 2021 20:01

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