Last night, I posted my initial thoughts and feelings about the bombing in Afghanistan that has now cost at least 13 US servicemembers their lives. That doesn’t count the other lives lost in the suicide bombing or those who were injured. This morning, I am no less angry and hurt no less for those families who lost their loved ones. As I learn more about what happened, as I watch once again Biden’s speech afterwards, that anger continues to burn hot. I’m sure the situation over there could be worse, but it is difficult to think how right now.
I love this country and I will defend it with all I have. For all its faults, it is still the best place to live. But we are on a slippery slope right now, one where fear over Covid, where leaders who love to rule by executive order are eating away at our rights. Worse, we have a president who presents a weak face to the world and that scares me shitless.
We lost people yesterday in a cowardly suicide attack. We should have seen emotion from the Commander-in-Chief. We should have seen anger. Instead, we saw a man who looked like he was straining to see the teleprompter and who could barely be bothered to raise his voice.
Now I’m seeing reports that we have been contacting the Taliban and letting them know not only when we have buses heading to the airport but who is on those buses. I’ve seen reports this morning that the Administration turned over the names of not only Americans in Afghanistan who need to be evacuated but also Afghans who worked with our forces. If true, we just handed over a kill list to the Taliban.
And the Administration said it is to help get these people safely to the airport.
Right now, GMA is reporting that Biden has instructed his military leaders to “develop” plans to strike ISIS assets, etc., but that we need to know where they are.
I’m sorry, but why weren’t these plans already in place? It’s called being prepared. And why don’t we know where they are? Isn’t that what our intelligence services are for?
As I wrote last night, I’m a military mom. I come from a family that has always stepped up and served this country. Sitting here writing this post, I can look across the room and see my great-great-grandfather’s discharge as well as a memorial of his service in the Union Army during the Civil War. Another great-great also served, as did his brothers. In a previous generation, an ancestor served in the War of 1812. His father served in the Revolutionary War. I am qualified for the DAR through various lines of my ancestry.
Since the Civil War, men in the family have served in every–EVERY–war this country has fought. They stepped up and volunteered. We were lucky. Most came home. But not all and not all of those who did came home whole. But that was a sacrifice they were willing to make, as were their families, to help protect this great country of ours.
I feel sure the 13 service members who died in the bombing felt the same way. It is a sin they died because they were caught in a situation that never should have happened. The so-called plan to leave Afghanistan was anything but a plan–unless you want to call it a plan for failure.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope Biden somehow manages to pull a rabbit out of his hat and gets our fellow Americans and their dependents, our allies and those who assisted our mission in Afghanistan out of there safely. But with only a few days left before the Taliban’s deadline dawns, I fear that is a pipedream.
So I will repeat what I wrote last night.
My thoughts and prayers are with those 12 families (now 13) tonight as well as with the families of those injured and those still left in Afghanistan. God protect them and watch over them.
And God help this country.
And I leave you with this from Gary Sinise.
In honor of the lives lost today. pic.twitter.com/RGlBeSlw7z
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) August 27, 2021