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Biden’s failure in Afghanistan, embodied in the apocalyptic images of the fall of Kabul on August 15, is the greatest geopolitical disaster for the United States since the Vietnam War and opens the door to a whole range of new horrors whose impact will be felt not only by the Afghans, but by the whole world, as the grotesque images of the evacuation of the American Army will become recruitment propaganda for countless terrorists.
This disaster, which has been denounced even by the industrialized press, that which had so much boosted the perception of Joe Biden as a capable leader, does not really come as a surprise. On the contrary, it is the predictable consequence of putting in the White House a politician with obvious intellectual deterioration and physical weakness.
To put it bluntly, Biden should be in a rest home, surrounded by friends and deciding what to watch on Hulu, rather than in the White House, surrounded by problems and deciding the future of the free world. And it was already known.
Biden’s serious problems have been evident for years and were particularly clear during the campaign, which the current president of the United States spent almost hidden to prevent him from saying anything imprudent. Even so, we saw very revealing scenes, such as the one in which he confused his granddaughter with his son, who died decades ago, and many other examples in which the Democratic candidate was incapable of coherent ideas.
Worse still, also since the campaign, the very worrying business and personal habits of his son Hunter, who in addition to doing business, at least “suspicious” in Ukraine and China, has the habit of losing computers full of sexual material, became evident.
In other words, Biden is a person with obvious mental deterioration, with obvious physical incapacity and with a son whose devious links with disreputable businessmen make him a very dangerous target for these groups to extort nothing more and nothing less than the presidential family of the United States.
In a normal scenario, a candidate with these characteristics (Democrat or Republican) would not even have been taken seriously as a presidential aspirant. However, in 2020 the Democrats and their media ecosystem not only endorsed him as a candidate, but built a web of strategies that bordered on the immoral and illegal to ensure Biden’s triumph, by hook or by crook.
In key states they operated to change voting rules and facilitate mail-in voting, which lends itself to countless gerrymandering. In the press they overwhelmed Trump with insults and constructed a narrative where Trump was the worst of tyrants, while Biden was a global statesman of extraordinary ability.
Biden’s failure reminds us that the facts are stubborn
Biden won (“haiga sido como haiga sido”, as they say in Mexico) and the problems began. A few weeks into his administration, the southern border got completely out of control and in practice his government had to reinstate many of Trump’s policies to put out the fire. This was the first warning.
August 15th was no longer a warning. The American Army and diplomats were forced to leave Afghanistan at full gallop, transforming a strategic withdrawal into an embarrassing flight, leaving behind thousands of Afghan collaborators (now at mortal risk) and even an undetermined number of American citizens. Yes, still on August 19, four days after the collapse, not even the Pentagon knows how many Americans remain in Afghanistan.
And Biden? Basically in hiding. It took the president more than 24 hours to react to the crisis, and when he finally appeared he did so without taking questions, clinging to a teleprompter, from which he read a message blaming everyone (except his government.)
In the face of the catastrophe, the industrialized press pretended to be surprised, but the truth is that Biden’s reaction was to be expected. After all, it took Joe more than 60 days to give his first press conference as president (more than any president in a century) and the few times he appears before the media, he does so with soft questions, for the simple reason that he is incapable of answering a normal question.
To end quickly, even pre-screened interviews with like-minded journalists end in absurd statements, as happened just this week when Biden was interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who asked him, “So when you look at what’s happened over the last week, was it a failure of intelligence, planning, execution or judgment?”
The U.S. President’s response speaks for itself, “Look, I don’t think it was a fa — look, it was a simple choice, George. When the — when the Taliban — let me back — put it another way. When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government get in a plane and taking off and going to another country, when you saw the significant collapse of the ta — of the — Afghan troops we had trained — up to 300,000 of them just leaving their equipment and taking off, that was — you know, I’m not — this — that — that’s what happened…”
Just like that?
Joe would have been hilarious as a parody, but it’s infuriating as reality. Biden’s failure is not a surprise, but the inevitable consequence of putting the most important public office in America on a politician who is clearly unfit to hold it, but who won riding a wave of propaganda founded on irrational hatred of Trump.
Biden has not even been in office for a year. Worse is yet to come.
Gerardo Garibay Camarena, is a doctor of law, writer and political analyst with experience in the public and private sectors. His new book is "How to Play Chess Without Craps: A Guide to Reading Politics and Understanding Politicians" // Gerardo Garibay Camarena es doctor en derecho, escritor y analista político con experiencia en el sector público y privado. Su nuevo libro es “Cómo jugar al ajedrez Sin dados: Una guía para leer la política y entender a los políticos”