Knowing that Tucker Carlson has supported withdrawal from Afghanistan for a very long time, I was interested to see how he would handle Joe Biden's disastrous effort in accomplishing that. But as RedState's streiff opined yesterday, the issue was not the desire to withdraw. Rather, it was how horribly ill-prepared the administration was to execute what looks to be a mostly non-existent plan to leave the war-torn nation.
The decision to ground the Afghan Air Force, abandon the key allied airfield at Bagram, the too-little-too-late redeployment of security forces to Kabul, the lack of anticipation for what would happen. All of that, 100% of it, was avoidable, and it all is due to the blinding level of incompetence in the Biden White House, State Department, and Defense Department.
There is a lot of blame to spread around about Afghanistan. But the past 72-hours is the doing of one man: Joe Biden. And he needs to be held accountable in this world before the next gets a crack at him.
Getting back to Carlson, he took to the air last night and delivered a blistering takedown of Joe Biden and the mediocrities that surround him. That includes Hillary Clinton alum Jake Sullivan, who further embarrassed himself yesterday, and shampoo model Antony Blinken, who ostensibly serves as Secretary of State.
We are truly led by the worst people.
Carlson opens his critique with a clip of the now-iconic scene at Kabul airport, where a C-17 plows through a crowded runway as people cling to it for their lives (some falling to their deaths). Putting aside the failures of the last 20 years, the final moments of the war in Afghanistan ended with our stalwart experts in political and military leadership not even being able to clear a single runway to conduct an orderly retreat.
And that Carlson's main point — we are led by buffoons.
John Kirby and Mark Milley take the first round in the woodshed as Carlson notes the absolute idiocy of what our military has been focusing on over the last decade or so. We have generals more worried about “white rage” and people who don't want to wear masks than jihadis.
But the real highlight is the takedown of Jake Sullivan. Carlson quips that Sullivan “is 44-years-old, and as far as we can tell, he's never actually had a real job.” Rather, Sullivan is part of a disturbing trend in Washington whereby know-nothings with fancy degrees are placed in high positions of power. We saw it with Ben Rhodes under Barack Obama, who was perhaps the most disastrous national security adviser in modern history.
Instead of learning from that mistake, Biden hired Sullivan as his national security advisor, with the latter's only claim to fame being that he worked for Hillary Clinton. In a sane world, that wouldn't be a resume builder, but a disqualifier. Carlson then hit Antony Blinken, as “a man so mediocre that you gasp when you hear him speak.”
Later, Carlson opened up his broader critique, and I think it's important. The hubris of our supposed intellectual betters in the expert class has continually led to failure, not just in Afghanistan, but in other nations as well. Those failures have partly come by attempting to impose social engineering on groups of people around the globe that largely have no interest in such. Masters degrees in gender studies and forced gender quotas in parliament may have made university professors in California squee, but in Afghanistan, such moves caused rebellion and drove people back into the arms of the Taliban.
These are the kinds of things that sober-minded leaders should have foreseen and dealt with. Instead, we treated Afghanistan like it was San Francisco and the results were predictable. As Carlson says in his monologue, “the entire point of our imperial project is to give meaning to the empty lives of the neo-liberal bureaucrats who administer it and then enrich contractors who work for them.”
Lastly, Carlson went after those who helped propagate and promote the war in Afghanistan for 20 years who are now shifting gears to try to claim the moral high ground in regard to refugees. And while I noticed last night that some on the right were upset with Carlson's comments, I think they are missing the point. The question isn't whether we should accept refugees from Afghanistan that were promised safe passage (for being translators, special forces, intel operates, etc.). The question is why we continue to tolerate leaders who cause these situations in the first place and then fall back on the lazy solution of just giving everyone asylum.
As Carlson notes, the same people who brought us the disaster in Afghanistan now want to rush to lead on the issue of refugees. But none of those people should get to abscond from their culpability that easily.
And that's really the main point here. We are led by idiots who promote one thing, watch it crumble, and then rush to lead on the next thing. It's a mind-numbing cycle of incompetence, and the American people would do well to reject it in the future.