Joe Biden is our Neville Chamberlain

Update (8/30): See this report about the ignominious end of Bush’s war.

Talk about a hasty surrender, one that has destroyed the reputation of the USA and that cost the lives of 13 young members of our armed forces as well as the lives of scores of Afghans … To hell with the Taliban, and to hell with Joe for letting them win. #ImpeachBiden

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Although it was Trump people’s who negotiated the now-infamous withdrawal deal with representatives of the Taliban last year (see picture below, right), Joe Biden’s incompetent implementation of this illicit agreement, his continued prevarications (see here), and our pusillanimous surrender in Kabul are too much for me to bear. We don’t abandon our friends. #WorseThanTrump

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About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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8 Responses to Joe Biden is our Neville Chamberlain

  1. I have avoided the Afghanistan issue due to the media saturation of it.

    I am not or will I ever be a fan of Biden’s. However, the unfortunate facts are were stuck with two truly horrid options. One, remain occupying Afghanistan until the end of days. I hate to say it, but the Afghan government didn’t stand a chance of being self-stabilizing. Therefore, making the campaigns initiated by the Neocons in the early 2000s inevitably fruitless. We should have never entered Afghanistan. This should serve as a lesson for the U.S. to avoid nation-building at all costs!

    Option two selected by the Biden administration had its own set of horrific consequences. The Biden administration had nothing but callous disregard for the potential negative externalities of abruptly withdrawing troops. Then again I expect no less from a career politician.

    Overall, I felt like we were stuck between a rock and a hard place.The U.S. decided to rip the band-aid right off with little forethought.

    • Excellent observations; it’s ultimately a choice between the “lesser evil.”

    • I accidentally deleted your prisoner’s dilemma reply when I was using the wordpress app; if you are able to, kindly resend …

      • Just to summarize as I will not be able to re-write it word for word, the Afghanistan situation was a no-win scenario.

        The whole withdrawal question could best be resolved from a utilitarian standpoint using the “Trolley Problem” as the guiding principle of the decision making process.

        I hate Biden. The again I have hated just about all modern presidents. He was in an impossible situation in which I could not provide a satisfactory resolution. I would surmise no one could have. After all, Afghanistan’s turmoil is the byproduct of the United States meddling in the affairs of other nations. How exactly do you clean up a mess that was decades in the making (especially if you include our Cold War antics in the region)?

        There are only two conclusive statements I feel conformable making about this foreign affairs quagmire.

        1.) The U.S. needs to get out of the business of nation building.

        2.) Biden has an impossible situation on his hands. However, he handled it tactless and callous manner. Talk about bad optics!

      • Excellent observations. Two words in reply: “Bush’s War”

  2. crea8ive53 says:

    You draw a hasty conclusion about this hasty conclusion. Consider this — if you knew ahead of time that the Afghan army would fold like a tent once the Americans started leaving, what would you have done differently? My point is this — I didn’t go to “General school” and neither did most of the rest of us. I would have “liked” the outcome to be clean and surgical, but exactly who do you think would have been able to do this shit-task any better?

  3. dolphinwrite says:

    Trump did a great job. That you don’t, won’t, or can’t see that explains how Biden got into power. Others are like that.

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