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Editorial

Even Now Biden Can Save the Honor of the U.S.

August 21, 2021
Βy Antonis H. Diamataris

The U.S. has spent a long period of four years in a state of chaos, characterized by incompetence at the highest levels.

Now, after the humiliating exit from Afghanistan, the nightmare of helplessness is hovering over the White House again.

The image of capability was hurt. And this is one of the great victims of the latest tragic events.

There can be no excuse for the Pentagon not being able to arrange a relatively smooth exit for Americans and Afghans, who risked their lives and the lives of their families to work with the Americans.

And it is at least paradoxical to read that the U.S. was surprised by the speed with which the Kabul government collapsed. In fact, the highest members of the government say so.

But how is it possible after a 20-year presence, and spending billions of dollars, where even the salaries of civil servants were paid by the U.S., not to know what was really happening in this country?

How could they not have known that incompetence and corruption had eaten the life of this regime and that faith and devotion to the regime were non-existent?

How could they not have known that the mere fact that the Americans were forced to stay in Afghanistan for 20 years was in itself tangible proof of the failure of the war?

And how could they not know that the Taliban won the war without foreign training, without billions in aid, without the latest war technology on the planet.

They should have known that something was not going well at all and that from the moment the American exit signal was given, developments would be very rapid.

And it should be a disgrace first of all for the president to flee abroad almost in broad daylight with as much of the country's wealth as he could carry.

Rightly so, President Biden insisted on his proclamation of the correctness of his decision to withdraw his forces from Afghanistan.

But he had to take responsibility for the failed outcome of the withdrawal.

And since he did not do so, the Minister of Defense, the National Security Adviser, and the director of the country's Secret Services must resign.

They owe it to Biden and to the American people.

Even now, Biden has the opportunity and the time to do what is morally right, honest, and order the Pentagon to save our Afghan friends.

Biden still has enough power as well as the convincing threat of violence to force the Taliban not to harass them.

Even now he can and must do what is morally right.

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