In a July 8 press conference, President Biden insisted that in Afghanistan, “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy.” That prediction was proven wrong on Aug. 15 when The U.S. Sun reported, “Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today sparking a desperate evacuation of American diplomats by helicopter.” The news story included photographs of U.S. helicopters landing at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
All in all, it has been a very bad week for the Biden Administration. An Aug. 15 story in The American Thinker, Reality Bites Biden’s Policies, by Clarice Feldman encapsulates the very bad week the Biden Administration has had. First, after shutting down our oil pipeline, Biden is now begging the Saudis to increase their oil production. The collapse of Afghanistan in place of a “decent interval”; The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant in place of the anticipated reopening of society; Looming inflation and economic problems in place of the anticipated boom. The unending border crisis. It’s a dramatic reversal of fortune on all fronts. Biden failed to anticipate either the events or their speed and intensity and there is little to suggest he can handle the second-order crises that are coming in its wake.
Feldman lists “Looming Challenges” for the Biden Administration.
♦ An ever more aggressive China
♦ Supply shortages (including food, electricity, gas, and silicon chips);
♦ A willing worker shortage in the face of generous government payouts for not working;
♦ Loss of rental housing. Rent moratoria make it impossible for landlords to continue, thus leaving municipalities with the cost of building maintenance and no tax revenue from owners which will likely as it usually does leave those buildings uncared for and eventually vacant;
♦ The moral tragedy in Afghanistan as the Taliban rapidly reasserts control and we are not able to rescue those who worked with us.
♦ A demoralized and unprepared-for-action military that spends more time on critical race theory than on defense preparations.
Our unprepared military is very troubling to me. The Stars and Stripes reports that the U.S. military was crippled during a classified war game last year that exposed vulnerabilities that the Pentagon is trying to fix should it ever face off against a sophisticated adversary like China. “Without overstating the issue, it failed miserably,” The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. John Hyten said of the war games battle plan.
But during recent congressional hearings, our military generals seem to be more concerned with teaching troops Critical Race Theory than with military preparedness.
So how will the Biden Administration respond to the “Looming Challenges” our nation faces? It appears that he will continue to avoid the White House. Of the first twenty-nine weekends of his presidency, Biden spent just six at the White House. He was in Wilmington, Del., for 14 of those weekends, and Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, for eight. Currently, Biden is on a two-week vacation splitting his time between his home in Delaware and Camp David, and his Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, is taking this week off (Aug. 15 through Aug. 22).
So hold on to your hats. It appears that we are on our own.