Multiple media outlets have reported recently on the intense conflict on the ground in Kabul between British and American commanders. The British have taken a much more proactive and aggressive approach to rescuing and extracting Westerners trapped in Kabul. The Americans, hamstrung by the incomprehensible guidance coming from the Biden administration, have made it clear they will do nothing to help Americans trapped in Kabul to make it to the airport and are signaling that even the limited evacuation measures currently in place are likely to be terminated in the very near future. In short, the official position of the U.S. government is that we are about to cut away thousands of American citizens and abandon the field.
AND Magazine has learned that the rupture in Kabul between the British and Americans is now threatening to tear apart NATO. British officers in Kabul have complained bitterly to the Defence Ministry in London and those complaints have now made their way to the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson has called a G-7 meeting for tomorrow. At that meeting, he intends to protest the American handling of the situation in Afghanistan and press the case that the Kabul evacuation is a NATO operation – not a unilateral American operation – and as such its duration and conduct cannot simply be dictated by Washington.
In short, the Prime Minister of Great Britain intends to call the President of the United States on the carpet, accuse him of acting in violation of the charter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and demand that he alter course.
NATO has been the bedrock of American national security since its inception in 1949. It is arguably the most successful military alliance in the history of the world. The United States, its most powerful member, has been the pillar on which NATO’s entire security architecture has been built.
Yet, now only seven months into the Biden administration, the almost unimaginable incompetence and dereliction of duty displayed by this “President” threaten to tear this alliance apart.
Biden and his court eunuchs may want to portray the Taliban as having evolved and liberalized. This is a lie. We are handing Afghanistan over to terrorists every bit as cruel and evil as those in ISIS.
This administration may also want to attempt to characterize what is happening in Kabul as simply a period of confusion on the way to a more stable and predictable future. Sure, it looks bad on TV, but this too shall pass. ‘There are nothing but blue skies ahead’.
Nothing could be further from the truth. What we are witnessing is a debacle that surpasses in many ways even what we saw in Saigon in 1975. This is a crisis. This is unprecedented. An American President is working against the best interests of his own people and the citizens of allied nations.
We have never seen anything like this. In 1801 the Barbary pirates, Islamic emirates in North Africa, began seizing American ships and seamen and demanded we pay them “tribute.” President Thomas Jefferson sent the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marines to explain we did not take orders from terrorists. We hardly had a Navy or a Marine Corps to send. Yet, the war ended with the point made. The Americans imprisoned were freed. No tribute was paid.
Two hundred and twenty years later, the man commanding the world’s most powerful military is relying upon the Taliban to help our citizens get to safety.
What we are witnessing is a geopolitical crisis. What we are watching may be the end, at least for now, of America’s position as the world’s dominant power. Our enemies are licking their lips. Our allies are trying to decide whether or not they can still trust us.
Biden’s mishandling of Afghanistan may destroy NATO.