Seeing Roger Kimball rip the guts right out of him this way, one could almost feel sorry for the pRetend pResident. If he wasn’t a fork-tongued, venomous, belly-crawling snake in the grass, I mean.
Does anyone, even the most thoroughgoing NeverTrump enemy of the former president, think anything like this would have happened on Trump’s watch?
There were so many horrible things about Biden’s cringe-making press conference, from the president’s body language—had he been supine, you sense that he would have curled up into the fetal position—to the gradually emerging realities that surrounded his talk.
At the conclusion of his prepared remarks, it was time for questions. Biden then looked down at a piece of paper and said, aloud, “The first person I was instructed to call on…” You would think his handlers would make some minimal effort to disguise their puppet’s subservience and incapacity.
No wonder the Taliban are busy trolling the Biden Administration, posing with ice-cream cones, re-enacting the iconic flag-raising at Iwo Jima in American uniforms but with a Taliban flag, vowing to battle “climate change” and ensure women’s rights “under Islamic law.” Ha ha ha. That’s the playful side of an ideology whose dark purpose was summed up by an Islamic radical in the aftermath of 9/11. “We are not fighting so that you will offer us something,” he said. “We are fighting to eliminate you.”
Accordingly, the proper response to this ideology is not to offer it partnerships in the hope that you can make a mutually satisfying deal that caters to everyone’s “self-interest.” On the contrary, the proper response is to understand, as Benjamin Netanyahu put it, that we are dealing here with “a war to reverse the triumph of the West.”
Our leaders, from a mentally compromised president through the puffed-up woke triumvirate of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd “stand down” Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark “white-rage–I-read-Karl-Marx” Milley, are constitutionally incapable of taking that reality on board. They are figures fit to lead the Eloi, not patriotic Americans.
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration just announced it conducted a drone strike that may have killed two people who might have been ISIS-K “planners.” We don’t really know, however, because the Pentagon will not release the names of the targets. In other words, as the commentator Raheem Kassam observed, “Joe Biden gave a list of Americans to the Taliban but won’t give the names of the terrorists he claims to have retaliated against to the American public.” I suppose the attack was in fulfillment of the little currant of tough talk someone inserted into Biden’s remarks: “We will not forgive, we will not forget, we will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Want to bet?
I found that patently empty threat pretty amusing myself, considering how we just got chased our asses chased out of Talibanistan pretty damned handily after two decades of chasing our tails and failing utterly to “make them pay”—the very tails, mind, that we later tucked neatly between our legs as we scurried away in the Biden Bugout. So yeah, Tough Guy Joe, the No Bull President, ostensibly drone-smoked a couple of low-level nonentities—what one wag called “Taliban HR personnel,” which is probably about the size of it— to “make them pay” for taking out more than a dozen of our own, not to even mention the thousands of soon-to-be-murdered American civilians who are even now being “hunted down” by people who, unlike our “leadership,” actually do mean business.
Yeah, THAT’LL show ’em, Joe! Way to retaliate, Big Guy! Vengeance: OURS! American honor and respect: FULLY RESTORED!!
THREE GROANS FOR THE BIG GUY, EVERYBODY!!!