Joe Biden is Mentally Vacant | Will Hallowell
The crisis in Afghanistan is evidence of President Biden’s shambolic and deadly ineptitude. He is physically present, though mentally and morally vacant. US President Biden is single-handedly responsible for the total catastrophe of the West’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. He’s personally responsible for this humanitarian crisis of “epic proportions”, to quote Johnny Mercer, and for the deaths that have both already, tragically and unnecessarily occurred, and the many, many deaths inevitably to come.
This is beyond party politics; beyond Left and Right. Many Americans should be questioning their reasons for voting for a politician who is physically present, though mentally and morally vacant. This “imbecilic” – to use the words of Tony Blair – and totally reckless decision that went without the consultation of America’s allies, has directly caused this humanitarian crisis, the bloodshed, inevitable continuation of war and equally inevitable refugee crisis – which will hit Europe the hardest.
But these foreseeable issues were not of concern to Biden, who took the decision withdraw American troops out of some vain attempt at self-glorification, in order to say he was the man who nobly ended the twenty year conflict, to go down in history as the “last President” to oversee American presence in Afghanistan.
Some may argue that other world leaders should share the blame, such as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, because he too, took the decision to withdraw our troops after Biden had done so. However, as for other NATO leaders, there was little other choice. To not withdraw after America having done so would have been assuredly calamitous, and unavoidably claim the lives of many more British armed service personnel. But our presence in Kabul until 31 August may claim British lives anyway, as three bombs have been detonated at or around the airport, reportedly claiming the lives of thirteen US troops on Thursday evening. Realistically, it was only a matter of time.
The scenes on our television screens are almost unbelievable, and certainly dystopic. The chaos in the capital; the people rushing for the airport, dehydrated and desperate; and now, the deaths of American troops. Yet, most stay silent. Unlike the BLM movement or the Free Palestine protests, most have little to say on Afghanistan. It is shameful – particularly when looking at the focus of other political commentators in Britain: from defunding the BBC, to Covid vaccine talks, to Brexit being blamed on lorry driver shortages. Yet, they are unspoken on Afghanistan.
President Biden’s justification for leaving Afghanistan was not for humanitarian purposes. It was not logical, not rational and not responsible. His true motivation for this total omnishambles is domestic political gain: self-glory; his desperation to have the legacy of bringing stability to the Middle East and world peace. Biden’s legacy will certainly not be that. Only months into his presidency, his leadership of America will be remembered, bitterly, by the Afghanistan crisis – and so it should be.
I fear for the lives of British and American, and other NATO personnel. And I fear for lives, not least the stripping of human rights, of the Afghan people – particularly for women and girls. Rory Stewart is totally right when he argues that Biden has not courageously ended the “war on terror” – he has in fact extended it by at least another ten. And, put the lives of British and American civilians at risk of the next foreseeable Islamic terror attack(s).
This political landscape is utterly depressing and no one can do anything about it. No one wants to do anything about it. The illegitimate rule of the Taliban has been consolidated, and will soon be recognised as the lawful government of Afghanistan because, despite the deliberately disingenuous political slogan that “we don’t negotiate with terrorists”, we do – evidently.
Pride and dignity aside, this is totally and utterly humiliating and shameful – and there is only one man who can be held accountable, one man who can be held responsible. Despite the desired appearance of being this kind, gentle and well-intentioned politician, Joe Biden is in fact an idiot, the epitomic omnishambles; and it seems everybody, besides himself, has to pay the price: in misery, death and fear.