….The sudden and unexpected capitulation of the Afghanistan government should serve as a warning that more turbulent and dangerous times lie ahead. That’s not a difficult prediction to make. Our defeat in Afghanistan stems in many ways from the same “woke” illusions that have allowed lawlessness and moral chaos to grow and thrive in America.
Indeed, many of our miscalculations in Afghanistan seem to be based directly on the same kind of magical thinking that now plagues our schools, our city councils and even our military. In times of crisis, we rely on our military to keep a level head when dealing with an enemy like the Taliban. But it now appears that our military was one of the first institutions to succumb to “woke” doctrine — that is, to wishful thinking. Like the radical activists who called for defunding the police. radical generals enthusiastically supported programs which led to a moral disarmament of the troops.
Instead of building morale, unit cohesion and readiness, they undermined these qualities by introducing training in critical race theory, systematic racism, white bias, and LGBT pride. Of course, as common sense would suggest, such programs seemed guaranteed to increase divisions among troops: blacks against whites, straights against gays, Christians and conservatives against liberals and leftists. The Air Force’s big idea for boosting morale was to drag in drag queens to entertain the airmen. The people who sanctioned these bizarre training programs and entertainments were not lower-level staff, but the topmost of the top brass. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin presided at a “pride” event in the Pentagon, and, on another occasion, he announced that fighting climate change was the military’s top priority. On the other hand, General Mark Milley, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former commander of our troops in Afghanistan, seems to think that “white supremacy” is the greatest threat to our nation. Similar oddball positions have been taken by chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Michael Gilday, Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Q, Brown Jr., and a host of other top-ranking officers.
With all of this social engineering on their minds it’s no wonder that the generals didn’t have much time left over to think about the threat from the Taliban. Moreover, the kind of indoctrination that our troops have been subject to not only undercuts unit cohesion and troop morale (suicides are at an all-time high), it also defeats the whole rationale for defending one’s country in the first place. If your country is presented to you as the most racist and bigoted nation in history, why should you risk your life fighting for it? If America is no better than the Taliban (or ISIS, or Al Qaeda) then what right do we have to intervene?
These “woke” myths have greatly inhibited the military’s effectiveness in Afghanistan and elsewhere. But the most dangerous illusion subscribed to by both the military and successive administrations has to do with Islam itself. It’s the illusion that Islam is a religion of peace. It’s the faith-based notion that Islamic culture and religion is not that different from our own: that devout Muslims want the same things that we want — liberty of conscience, tolerance for differing opinions, democracy, and the equality of men and women.
Anyone who is familiar with the Koran, the Hadith, sharia law, or the history of Islam, knows that the more devout a Muslim is, the less likely that he wants any of these things. Many of our policy makers, however, are not particularly religious people, and so they tend to underestimate the importance of religion in people’s lives. But the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and the like are deeply religious. They are not fighting simply for land, or for natural resources, but for Allah. The wars they fight are religious wars. And one of the main tenets of their religion is that the whole world must be subject to Allah. As Taliban commander Muhammed Arif Mustafa recently put it: “It is our belief that one day… Islamic law will come not just to Afghanistan, but all over the world… Jihad will not end until the last day.” For this reason, most of the carrot and stick incentives offered by America and its NATO allies simply don’t work — least of all Jen Psaki’s warning that the Taliban are in danger of losing favor with the “international community….”
The above comes from an Aug. 16 story in Catholic World Report.
Said well. A wake up call, (not a “woke” up call), to all of us to hold our leaders accountable and not just go along with the crowd
There are no facts that support the premise of this article. Here are some facts to consider: Donald Trump was the first U S president to negotiate directly with the Taliban, Trump wanted to pull U S Forces out of Afghanistan in May 2020, Donald Trump arranged for the release of the Taliban terrorist who led the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Magical thinking? Yes – thinking it is possible to negotiate with the Taliban is indeed a good example of Magical Thinking.
President Biden in an interview with ABC that aired Thursday said “no one’s being killed” in Afghanistan despite reports of at least seven deaths amid the chaos at Kabul’s airport and of Taliban beating people on their way to the airport, as he defended his handling of the American withdrawal from the country.
Biden further told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that intelligence did not indicate the Afghan government would quickly collapse – despite reports that’s exactly what the intelligence said.
And the president said his advisers did not tell him to delay the troop withdrawal, despite reports that’s exactly what his advisers did.
“Oh, there is,” Biden said when asked about “pandemonium” near the airport by Stephanopoulos. “But, look – but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.”
It wasn’t Trump who promised to appoint people to government positions at every level based on their religion.
Nor was it Trump who pushed the LGBTQ+ indoctrination in the armed services and wants you and me to pay for their gender “transition” while in combat units defending our nation and her interests. Both men are imperfect, but, as your man would say, “Come on, man!” Wake up to the threat of Islam (and the lack of concern on the part of many of our “leaders”).
Fred…Me thinks you have to get out of your “magical thinking” and stop blaming Trump for everything. It’s Biden’s failure and no one else. Trump wanted to keep Guantanamo open where this terrorist spent 8 years didn’t he? It’s the latest “fake news” story out so let’s wait until all the facts are out. But of course, the looney left can’t stop salivating over a possible blame for Trump when we know “the buck stops here” right at Biden’s feet. He’s responsible and no one else. Pictures don’t lie and facts either. Please get Trump out of your head. You’ll be better for it. But wait, wasn’t this article about the military being the first to capitulate to the “woke” culture, Drag Queens, sodomites, infiltrating our military and their unpreparedness for this fall of Afghanistan, Joe Biden’s Saigon?
Biden did not have follow what Trump may have set up as an exit strategy. He reversed almost everything Trump did. Look at the borders, OIL production Quit blaming Trump. Biden is responsible and his administration. We might be able to understand Biden better if he would just turn his teleprompter around and let us read it so we don’t get confused. Now do you see why they don’t want Biden to answers questions unless they are on teleprompter
One more thing and just came across this: A Taliban commander released from the Guantanamo Bay prison by former President Barack Obama masterminded the takeover of Kabul, it was reported .Khairullah Khairkhwa, arrested after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002-14 after Pentagon officials accused him of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden and was deemed too dangerous to be released, the New York Post reported Monday night Obama released Khairkhwa and four other combatants in exchange for the Taliban releasing U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bergdahl, who was captured after deserting his post in Afghanistan.
Obama celebrated Bergdahl as a heroic “POW,” but the soldier ultimately was court-martialed and pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after the facts of his disappearance and capture became known.
muslims gonna muslim.
And, how many more muslim “refugees” will get settled in the US? 30 thou? 50 thou?
And the bishops will screem about our “moral” obligation when they ask for more money. And, where your Catholic Charities donation will go.