Progressive or Conservative, Republican or Democratic Party supporter . . . There are no adults who believe what's happening right now in Afghanistan is a good thing.
Like it or not, this Sunday the U.S. has suffered a significant setback that impacts every man, woman and child living under the protection of this great nation.
Accordingly . . .
Here's a local connection . . .
"I am watching the news out of Afghanistan closely and remain extremely concerned about the situation on the ground.
"While the Taliban continue their brutal assault on the country, I will continue to work with administration officials to ensure U.S. personnel and our Afghan allies are safely evacuated.
"There will be plenty of time to discuss what went wrong, what we could have done differently, and our nation's decades-long failed foreign policy in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
"However, in this critical moment, we must focus all of our efforts and energy on evacuating American citizens, diplomats, and other officials, as well as the Afghans and the families of those who courageously served at our side.
"Nothing is more important than extracting the innocent individuals who remain in harm's way, and I call on President Biden to use every tool at his disposal to ensure that happens."
We won't pretend to have a vast understanding of geopolitics but it's not out of line to note that "this isn't a good look" for the United States.
As always we share news, links and resources and ask our blog community to try and make sense of it all . . .
Twenty years after being removed from power in a U.S.-led invasion, Taliban militiamen swept to into Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Sunday, facing little resistance from Afghan government forces. Within hours, Afghanistan's Washington-backed president had left the country and the flag at the U.S. Embassy had been lowered amid a hasty evacuation of diplomatic personnel.
World leaders are speaking out about their disappointment with the security situation in Afghanistan, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson going so far as to pin the blame on President Joe Biden and the United States.
Analysis: What will an Afghanistan under the Taliban look like? Its rise to power in the '90s paints a grim picture
In late 2001, the rolling hills to the west of Afghanistan's Maidan Shahr were scarred with the black eruptions of high explosives, as the last few Taliban fighters were pounded by Northern Alliance artillery and American bombers. Then, as suddenly as a thunderclap, silence fell on the battlefield.
Fears are growing that the Taliban will move to implement Sharia Law with their trademark brutal enforcement, putting the lives of people President Biden has professed to be a champion of at risk. As the Taliban's aggressive offensive across Afghanistan is now in the capital city of Kabul, the group has promised to declare the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace.
New video out of Afghanistan on Sunday showed Taliban fighters celebrating inside the country's presidential palace in Kabul. In the video, provided by Al Jazeera, armed men are seen walking the halls and sitting in the chair of President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country just hours earlier.
America's top diplomat appeared on political TV shows on Sunday to defend the US's mission in Afghanistan and attempt to hold back a tide of comparisons between the chaotic scenes unfolding in Kabul, where the Taliban is now poised to retake power, and the humiliating fall of Saigon 46 years ago.
In a swift and stunning rout, Taliban fighters seized control of Afghanistan’s capital Sunday, completing their sweep of the besieged nation as the Afghan government collapsed after two decades of U.S. efforts to reshape the region as part of its “war on terror.”
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