NY Times Bashes Sen. Manchin

The New York Times showed its true colors in an editorial that was supposed to be a balanced account of some of the most controversial politicians. It’s not balanced and is indicative of why left wing, radical, liberal journalists deserve the trouncing they will experience in 2022 and 2024.

The author is an individual named Michelle Cottle, a member of the Times’ editorial board. I never heard of her so I googled her. She’s a long-time political writer for some liberal publications. She might as well be a member of Biden’s public relations team. The way she coddles politicians of her ilk is shameful and misleading. In particular, her effort to make excuses for Kamala Harris’ pathetic performance was sad.

It wouldn’t bother me if the cutesy pot shots were directed at buffoons on both sides of the aisle. Cottle’s “The 2021 Yearbook of Politics” was just too one sided. She loses credibility by not including President Biden, Bill de Blasio and the “Squad “ in Congress.

It’s amusing how two people can examine the same set of facts and have totally different perspectives. The most outrageous comments were directed at Sen. Joe Manchin. She writes that he is the “Biggest Pain in the Butt.” I’ll bet Manchin is not returning her phone calls or emails.

She indicates that Manchin spent the year obstructing his party’s legislative goals. Thank goodness the senator saw the light. Democrat proposals included a several trillion dollar giveaway that would have exacerbated inflation and ballooned our national debt. The climate change features of the legislation would have made us dependent on coal and natural gas from other countries. There was no way that the country could pay for the Biden smorgasbord of entitlements in the package. I’m ecstatic that Democrats were unable to ram the bill down our throats.

Cottle wrote that Manchin was “scrounging for Republican buy-in on voting rights legislation. Why would Republicans accede to a massive reformation of voting rights when the majority has only a razor’s edge advantage? Massive new legislation should be a compromise between the two national parties. Cottle, like Biden, overestimates the mandate from the voters.

The author wrote that Manchin regards his constituents “a bunch of slacker welfare cheats.” Really? I’d like to read Manchin’s words in context.  She called him a pious, pompous pointlessly destructive prat. (this word means “idiot”) . .” In the meantime, the senator risked his future and his legacy trying to do the right thing for West Virginians.

I believe Manchin saved the country from a terrible economic disaster by standing up to his misguided colleagues. He is a hero. Cottle just doesn’t like anyone who doesn’t vote for open borders and entitlements with a quid pro quos.

It’s my blog and so I get to write about a person who should be in the yearbook.

Joe Biden, our president, is a modern day political Methuselah (he lived for 969 years). Biden rose to power because the country regretted the election of Trump, and the other Democrat choices were all sad alternatives. He has proven to be a pathetic leader and unable to manage Congress. The administration has managed the pandemic ineffectively and given Americans no confidence that the virus will be defeated.  And worse, the president is constantly lying and making misstatements.

With hit pieces like this emanating from newsrooms, it will be a long time before politicians from both sides of the aisle work together for our nation.

Americans Must Be More Negotiable

Many Americans have become disillusioned with the behavior of their neighbors and leaders pre-election, post election and during the very annoying and disconcerting pandemic. Given the severity of the overall situation, I had hoped everyone would join together to battle the horrible and deadly viruses that have plagued us for two years. It seems that just the opposite is happening.

For our governmental leaders, the pandemic is not war like WWII. Men and women enlisted in the armed forces to fight an enemy that threatened our freedom and our lives. Correspondingly, our leaders told the truth about impending danger as a courtesy to those at home. They did not withhold information from the minority leaders in government, as their support enabled our forces to be more prepared to fight. Both groups worked together to annihilate the enemy for the benefit of America. Politics was set aside for the duration of the war.

These days politicians are running for office 100% of the time.  All their communication is wordsmithed to help these individuals win future elections. The personal interests of our politicians are considered ahead of the security of our nation. It’s time this ended.

Today, in Congress, there are all types of special interest groups that are interfering with the smooth operation of the government. But, what about those who are not members of an interest group? Who’s looking out for their needs?

Then there are the pols that are driven by their feelings about social issues. How can a senator follow his conscience about a woman’s right to choose if 60% of his or her constituents are on the other side of the issue? I think pols should not vote their conscience on controversial issues unless his or her constituencies are in agreement.

Our country has wasted so much time, effort and money arguing about social issues, like the aforementioned women’s rights. The way to put controversy to rest is to compromise. We should not attempt to change the laws previously enacted every time the Supreme Court moves to the left or to the right. Women are legally able to obtain abortions. That is the law. Why can’t we just agree on a period of time that a woman must choose to move forward, whether it be based on the viability of the fetus or a time that is consistent with scientific facts?

Gun control is another issue that raises the temperature in Washington. Many believe owning firearms is mandated by the Constitution. Others disagree. The endgame in this battle on a national scale is common sense and negotiation that will make everyone safer. Keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals, mentally ill individuals and minors without parental supervision is good for everyone. When a crazed individual killed 20 babies in Connecticut it should have encouraged our leaders to find ways to secure the safetyof all individuals as it pertains to owning weapons.

There are all kinds of disagreements relating to income inequality. For some reason, people on the left believe that the most wealthy and successful among us are stealing from the poor. I can assure you that these people are unable to cheat and avoid prosecution. The tax laws and the perspectives of the authorities are so stringent and lopsided that it is impossible to get away with illegal activities, especially when the target is a wealthy person. Bernie Madoff had no chance to walk away from the people he swindled. And now he is suffering the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life in prison.

One of the most misunderstood perceptions relating to welfare, entitlements and other assistance is that it cannot be perpetual. Our country cannot afford to subsidize able-bodied people in perpetuity. Aid should be enacted to respond to a need, a moment in time.  Eighty percent of the country cannot live off the government unless we abandon our capitalist society. Assistance should come and go as needs materializes. A beneficiary should have the responsibility to find a job and escape welfare. Providing for your own family is the end game that will satisfy those Americans who are paying for entitlements.

Americans must take the lead in changing our world from a place where wars start on a daily basis and human rights violations are commonplace. As a separate point, all American should appreciate that the US is by far the most advanced place in terms of security and standard of living. To see people marching in the streets and protesting violently is a sad sight for those of us who appreciate the benefits of living in America. Where else could these people live more happily than in this country? But the problem is that the global community spends far too much on bombs and rifles. Perhaps, one day, this money will be used for social advancement.

Back to the pandemic. For starters, I believe everyone should have the option to be vaccinated. But there is a huge potential downside to not doing so. The doctors and scientists say the virus will be controlled sooner if everyone takes the shots. So why do some eschew the vaccinations? To some it is a violation of civil liberties. I think the antivirus people should open their minds, be considerate and join the team. By doing so we will be able to lead a normal life much sooner without fear.

If non-vaccinated people persist they will be ostracized more every day. Already one cannot eat at restaurants and attend parties without proof of vaccination. This phenomenon will continue as the pandemic proceeds.

In summary, Americans and their leaders need to be more tolerant and flexible and end negativity and confrontation.

An Optimistic Perspective

One of my readers indicated that Softball Politics has become unduly negative during the past few months. After musing about this observation, I decided to write an upbeat post. Thank you Chris T.

In case you have not noticed, newspapers and news outlets are generally focused on tragedies and unhappy events. Scan the front page of the NY Times and see for yourself. Political intrigue, natural disasters, homicides, rioting, wars, human rights violations, sexual misbehavior, pandemics, illness and crime are all the rage. But today, in this essay, I’m going to say some positive things about our country and our world.

Note: Today’s headlines in the Times include the following: “Manchin Says No, Deserting Biden. .  .” “Potential Fatal Blow Hits a $2.2 Trillion Spending Plan,”  “Most Shots Used Abroad May Not Halt Omicron,” “Shelters Rely On Landlord Called Worst,” “How the I.O.C. Shields China,” etc.

To begin with, our nation is fighting valiantly against Covid and it’s mutant offspring. Sometimes the government seems befuddled, and a significant number of Americans have chosen not to be vaccinated. But our pharmaceutical companies have performed magnificently. They created vaccines in record time, thereby saving millions of lives. It’s unknown how long the pandemic will disrupt our lives, but America will not give in to this deadly disease.

Our children are back in school for the most part. Educators agree kids learn better when they do it face-to-face with their teachers. Some of our young ones are probably a little behind, but there is ample time to catch up. Thankfully, our teachers have cooperated in recent weeks with back to school mandates across the country.

The stock market has rewarded investors who have had the courage to stay invested during Covid. Liberals don’t accept trickle down economics, but the current rally in the markets will generate a lot of money for charities and social programs moving forward.

I hope cultural events continue to increase. There has been some hesitation recently. However, sports events, concerts, movie theaters are more prevalent these days. During the health crisis, so many activities were canceled leaving Americans with a death of entertainment options. Covid has benefited the likes of Netflix and HBO.

It’s hard to quantify, but I believe American families have grown closer during the pandemic. Parents spend more time with their children. This will pay dividends in the future. Unfortunately extended family activities have been deferred in many situations.

I think first responders including teachers have done a remarkable job. Many risk their lives every day. Many sick individuals were saved because of their bravery, empathy and the dedication of doctors, nurses and emergency medical teams.

The world has become healthier and more diligent on the heels of Covid. This may be a very important phenomenon for the future as Mother Nature challenges our determination to survive. Who knows what sinister health issues may arise in years to come?

On a related note, more money for more research needs to be spent to protect our world.  Perhaps the global community will be more conscientious and spend less on nuclear weapons, bombs and rifles. This savings could be used to anticipate the next pandemic.

As we look forward, what improvements can we expect? Domestically, we must improve the quality of our leaders. They need to be more concerned with the well-being and safety of their constituents and the country, rather than only trying to retain their seats in government. What ever happened to term limits?

Our leaders and lawmakers must be mindful that indiscriminate spending will result in more inflation. Carefully crafted entitlements are the key to helping the needy and ultimately balancing the budget.

Americans must practice their right to protest, peacefully. Our police departments should consider their protocols and find agreement with local leaders.

Our borders are vulnerable. The government needs to enforce new policies to protect our homeland.

The education of our children is critical to our future. Powerful unions have been an impediment to better conditions and performance. It’s time we all worked for the same goals.

Internationally, our focus should be on peace, human rights and disease control. We, and the rest of the world, have a long way to go, so the US must assert itself in the future to insure better conditions for everyone.

Immigration

The NY Times published a letter of mine on immigration laws today. The following is a copy of the letter. I was responding to a guest editorial by Reece Jones titled “Immigration Laws’ Racist Legacy.”

To the Editor:

Re “Immigration Laws’ Racist Legacy,” by Reece Jones (Opinion guest essay, Nov. 1):

Our nation’s guilty conscience for laws and actions of the past should not be the basis of badly needed immigration reform. After all, the stain of the past was often directed at specific races.

Our lawmakers must decide how many people can immigrate to our country each year. Open borders are disruptive, expensive and harmful to Americans who need assistance. Money used for undocumented immigrants is money that could be used to subsidize poor Americans, including the aid being proposed in Congress today.

Many Americans who are not xenophobic want the crisis on our southern border to end, not because they hate one group of people or another, but because millions of people are entering the country illegally.

The essay suggests that the United States accept the unprecedented illegal immigration on our southern border because of actions that took place long before most of us were born.

Salvatore J. Bommarito
New York

A Septuagenarian’s Review Of History

A few years ago, I became a septuagenarian. I survived and thrived for eight decades having been born in the late 1940s. A lot of challenging things have happened during my life, personally, to America and to the world. I hastened to point out that my experiences have been a dream come true in almost every regard. But it wasn’t always easy. I was dramatically affected by domestic and global events. I want to document some of those events that continue to be vivid in my mind, even while I was having a productive and wholesome life.

The earliest recollection I have is the polio epidemic in the 1950s. I remember standing in line waiting to receive a vaccination, when I was a very young boy. I didn’t think twice about it, nor did I stress out over the event. In any case, it was far less of an ordeal than the COVID vaccine response taking place as I write this essay.

A truly bizarre experience embedded in my memory is practicing for a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. In addition to fire drills at school, students were told crawl under our desks in the event of an attack. Really? Hiding under a desk would provide little protection from an atomic bomb or its radioactive fallout. Peter Sellers dramatized this in his memorable movie “Doctor Strangelove.”

The next recollection was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was young and really didn’t appreciate that the leader of our country with so much potential was murdered by a crazed psychopath. But the memories of the event dragged on for some time, and I was enveloped in the emotion of the loss of such a great man. Film clips of the funeral and of the Kennedy family are etched in my mind. Coincidently, one of my sons went to high school with Caroline Kennedy’s son. That also brought back the horror of the senseless act.

The murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. was another seismic event. He was the soul of the civil rights movement in the country during the final years of his life. I was young but was able to grasp the importance of such a dastardly deed. King had had a meaningful effect on all true Americans who want equality.

The Vietnam War, in the late 60s, was in full gear while I attended college. It had a great impact on young men at the time resulting in a “live for today” philosophy. That, in turn, led to excessive alcohol consumption and the use of drugs. I remember my senior year in college was a time to live and party hard. I expected I would be going to Vietnam where I would likely be killed. This was one of the darkest times in my life. In retrospect it’s hard to imagine that 50,000 Americans lost their lives during the war. For what? To make matters worse, I was in the first draft lottery. It was the only lottery I ever won! My number was 59 out of 365, guaranteeing that I would get drafted if I didn’t find another path.

The Civil Rights Movement was monumental. Originally led by Martin Luther King, Jr., black leaders marched and protested against unfair conditions in America years after slavery ended. It had to take happen. The movement needed to be kick started. True emancipation of people of color was being stalled by pervasive bigotry. Black efforts were the beginning of a long journey. One of the most noteworthy things about the protest at that time was that it was peaceful, at least for the protesters. The authorities took very strong and cruel measures to quell protesters. It’s a different situation in recent years. The Black movement has had a great impact on all Americans. Hopefully, it will result in more equality in the near future.

The oil crisis in the mid 70s was a horrendous event. OPEC countries intentionally decreased production and delivery of oil to the free world. The ultimate result was that we lined up for hours trying to buy gas for our cars, if any was available. It was almost like a scene from a science fiction nightmare. Severe shortages changed our lives dramatically for several months and was the main reason our nation was inspired to become energy self-sufficient.

As a financial officer of a few companies, I was on hand to experience what it was like to borrow money for short periods of time at rates over 17% in the early 1980s. Our country needs reliable sources of capital to survive, as do individual consumers. All hell broke out as our monetary system could not meet the needs of borrowers.  This period still influences monetary and fiscal policy in our nation 50 years later.

Associated with higher rates were inflation pressures on Americans and the whole world. Economic conditions were such that the cost of everything we bought skyrocketed, while our wages were falling behind. One day a dollar bought $1 of goods and services. The next day, $1 bought 80 cents worth of goods and services. The US was like a third world country with hyperinflation.

One of the most insulting events in American history was the Iran hostage crisis in 1970. Religious zealots had taken over the government of Iran from the Shah. The ayatollahs ordered an assault on the US embassy in Tehran and took 52 hostages. Jimmy Carter was president and was responsible, and incapable, of arranging the release of the Americans. This is a stain on American history to have a backwards third world country bring the mighty US to its knees. Ronald Reagan won the presidential election and threatened to invade Iran after he was inaugurated. The hostages were released just before the inauguration ceremony.

The downfall of the Soviet Union encouraged by Reagan was a great victory for the world. The hostile attitude of our greatest enemy was tempered for many years and set the stage for a reshuffling of power in Europe. No longer would the world be on the edge of a nuclear holocaust. The two biggest nuclear powers would disarm to some extent, a greater moment for mankind.

Israel and Palestine are destined to be at odds for the foreseeable future. Little progress has been made since Israel became a nation decades ago. Religion, politics and cultural differences are at the core of continuing conflict. Repeated efforts to move forward have been thwarted time and again.

The Iraq wars were unfortunate and resulted in US loss of lives and fortune. Also, they set off other hot spots in the Middle East. In the first Iraq war, the US halted Iraq aggression towards Kuwait with virtually no loss of American lives. But the first George Bush stopped at Iraq’s border leaving Saddam Hussein in power. The second war was an all-out assault on Iraq by the second George Bush in an effort to neutralize Iraqi armed forces and to root out alleged weapons of mass destruction in the hands of the Iraqis. The later of these was never proven. US troops were destined to occupy Iraq for many years.

The turmoil in the Middle East influenced the rise of many terrorist organizations. The most dangerous group has been al Qaeda, which grew to power in Afghanistan and surrounding areas. The group along with its leader, Osama bin Laden, was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, which set off a decade of fighting in Afghanistan. Terrorists relish political turmoil. They could find no better place to organize than in Afghanistan, an untamed wilderness. The fallout from the 9/11 attacks is one of our country’s worse nightmares.

This brings us to the current day. Where is the US? We are struggling to regain our global leadership with two of the most ineffective presidents ever. America is still the greatest power in the world, but China wants to compete for domination.

Our domestic political arena is in chaos. Neither party has the votes to make decisive positive changes in many aspects of our society. Defense, the economy, immigration, civil rights, the police, relations with other countries, education, climate change are all stagnant because our leaders forgot how to compromise.

The world continues to be a dangerous place. I hope and pray for more peaceful times in the future.

Two Very Different Women Attacked By NYTimes

Ironically, I decided to write one rebuttal to op-Ed pieces that tear apart two very different women, Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder, and Kyrsten Sinema, the centrist Democratic senator from Arizona. Both women are under a microscope for their behavior. The New York Times sanctioned the hit pieces in their editorial section.

The author of the Holmes story was at Harvard around the same time as the now infamous former CEO of Theranos and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame. She presents her deepest feelings about the success and financial gains of Holmes in a short time span, as if anyone cares.

The author accuses Holmes of stifling the momentum that women have enjoyed in recent years in business and otherwise. I think the op-Ed is bogus. Holmes is a liar who committed various types of illegal activities including securities fraud. Everybody knows this, and she will pay dearly for her missteps. Holmes, in no way, has taken anything away from women that have been successful in recent years or will be in the future. In fact, it appears that the author is just realizing that she does not have the right stuff to make a big splash in her own career.

The article about Sinema is a red herring. The liberal columnist who wrote the article thinks she is a narcissist because the senator has become an outspoken impediment to the outrageous objectives of progressives during the past few months. She has expressed her opinions about big government and will fight to decrease the staggering amount of entitlements and giveaways in Joe Biden’s four or five or six billion plan to socialize the country.

The fact is that many people, including the writer, think that Sinema is a patriot by criticizing and refusing to vote for her party’s extraordinary spending extravaganza. She has risked her political fortunes for principle. She probably should change her party affiliation.

As an aside, Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, has teamed up with Sinema in an effort to bring Biden, Pelosi, AOC and Sanders back down to earth. Both Sinema and Manchin are doing their country a great service by pushing back against an unwise spending spree and one-sided legislation that will hurt the country economically and widen the gap that separates Democrats from Republicans.

Why is it that liberal commentators denigrate every politician and Republican that they disagree with? Maybe the media is culpable for the inability of our political parties to work together.

As for Holmes, she is merely a misguided, self-deluded opportunist who lied for financial gain. Her actions have nothing to do with the fortunes of great women.

Biden’s Afghan Strategy Is A Disaster

The entire Afghanistan affair has been totally predicable. From the moment President Biden announced his intention to withdraw from the country, the only thing protecting innocent civilians and Afghans helpful to the US were the troops stationed in the country and the military aircraft located nearby. These assets were the only lifelines.

Afghanistan grows terrorists. What did the Biden administration expect? Chaos created by maniacal Taliban militia is the perfect environment for regime change, ISIS, al Qaeda and religious fanatics.

Why did the US take away the only protection for Americans and non-combatant Afghans? The Taliban had already taken control of most regions when the initial US forces withdrew.

When the US forces dwindled to a few thousand concentrated in Kabul, the Taliban advanced and created a hellhole for Afghan citizens throughout the whole country. And then, ISIS unleashed suicide bombers that killed 13 US service people and wounded many other soldiers and bystanders, an act that will likely be repeated as time goes by.

The president reacted to the latest atrocity like we all suspected he would. He said the US would “hunt down” the responsible people for the attack. How many times have we heard this empty promise? Who are going to hunt down the attackers? American soldiers? Is Biden going to bring back American GIs to avenge the death of our people? No. Or, is Biden going to bomb Taliban and ISIS strong holes? No. You know what that means, collateral damage, as the terrorist fighters use civilians for cover. Biden is not going to avenge anything.

Biden’s only objective is to get Americans out of Afghanistan, so his opposition, our allies, the media and the general public stop bashing him. He and his people are boasting about how many individuals are being airlifted each day from the country. We don’t even know if terrorists are among this group. In the meantime there are possibly a thousand more Americans in mortal danger.

And what about the evacuation date of August 31? It’s now fashionable to pick dates to withdraw in shame. Why does it have any significance, other than telling the enemy that America is walking away and will leave the country to the Taliban on a date certain?

The Taliban has to be patient and there will be no external resistance for it to deal with in the future. In fact, the Taliban will probably just begin fighting among themselves for power and with the nut cases that are training to be murderers in their country.

Joe Biden, you really dug a deep ditch for yourself. You showed you are not prepared or equipped to be a wartime commander-in-chief. There was no way to exit the country without leaving innocent Afghan people to the animals now controlling the country. But did you have to be so impulsive about evacuating troops before non-military Americans and helpful Afghans could be brought to safety?

The only thing the Taliban understands is brute force. You don’t have any military power at your disposal unless you want to carpet bomb the entire country and kill terrorists and civilian.

The Afghanistan Sinkhole

An interesting phenomenon is taking place across the globe. Even as most of Europe is bitterly criticizing the US ‘s ill-conceived exit from Afghanistan, leaders around the world are conceding that nothing of any great substance can occur on the world stage without US influence and participation. And some leaders are not being as critical as they might be regarding Joe Biden’s performance during the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan.

The desire to end the occupation by the presidents after George W. Bush, and even and now Joe Biden, is warranted. How long could the US justify the loss of American lives and treasure? Isn’t 20 years enough of a commitment? Comments that America is walking away from its allies are nonsense. What were these critics doing to support the US in Afghanistan militarily? Practically nothing, so they have a little credibility in a debate about Afghanistan.

 The most questionable American mistakes were to assume that the Afghan government could be democratic;  it could be governed without a lasting treaty with the Taliban; and a treaty was feasible. The Taliban is a rogue and decentralized terrorist organization that will surely convince observers that they cannot come together to build a nation. There was no way the group would ever lay down their weapons and help form a coalition to rule the country with the previous Afghan president, an American puppet.

No. The decision to desert a nation with no moral compass, a history of persecuting many groups including women, religions other than Islam and excessive human rights violations was wise. The amateurs in the White House and demure military leaders hampered the withdrawal by the president.

The strategy should have been to evacuate US citizens first, Afghans who aided the US next and then the troops. The US military must be vibrant to orchestrate a successful evacuation and be ready to use force if necessary. Biden was trying to implement a plan that most Americans support, but he blew the execution.

Afghanistan is not a salvageable place.  It is the Wild West of Asia. The Taliban won’t ever be able to negotiate successfully with each other, much less the rest of the world. Putin would be insane to get back into the fray after Russia’s horrible experience in the country. Correspondingly, China is not going to spend a lot of effort courting Afghans after observing the challenges of all invaders in Afghanistan over the centuries, and mostly the US and Russia.

The key question is how will the international community of nations deal with the terrorist groups that are encouraged to train and multiply in Afghanistan. How is the Taliban going to be policed? For sure, military intervention will be needed to root out groups that muster in Afghanistan and wish to create havoc elsewhere.

This is where American leadership becomes very important not only for the US, but for Europe, the Middle East and even the Far East. There is no way Europeans would spend the money necessary to finance armed forces needed to deal with violence that emanates from Afghanistan. NATO and the UN desperately need US military might to keep Afghanistan from growing into a very dangerous source of terrorism.

The US and Biden have a real opportunity to establish a global response to terrorism led by America. It would be wise to move quickly in this regard because the Taliban will be very busy asserting their power and slicing up the economic pie in their country. There will likely be a short period of time when righteous countries can do things to protect their interests in Afghanistan.

It should be noted that I am not sanguine that Joe Biden will be able to lead our effort. He has proven to be inept while under the fire since he has been in power. Afghanistan, the southern boarder of the US and infrastructure legislation are areas where Biden has not distinguished himself.

An interesting phenomenon is taking place across the globe. Even as most of Europe is bitterly criticizing the US ‘s ill-conceived exit from Afghanistan, leaders around the world are conceding that nothing of any great substance can occur on the world stage without US influence and participation. And some leaders are not being as critical as they might be regarding Joe Biden’s performance during the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan.

The desire to end the occupation by the presidents after George W. Bush, and even and now Joe Biden, is warranted. How long could the US justify the loss of American lives and treasure? Isn’t 20 years enough of a commitment? Comments that America is walking away from its allies are nonsense. What were these critics doing to support the US in Afghanistan militarily? Practically nothing, so they have a little credibility in a debate about Afghanistan.

 The most questionable American mistakes were to assume that the Afghan government could be democratic;  it could be governed without a lasting treaty with the Taliban; and a treaty was feasible. The Taliban is a rogue and decentralized terrorist organization that will surely convince observers that they cannot come together to build a nation. There was no way the group would ever lay down their weapons and help form a coalition to rule the country with the previous Afghan president, an American puppet.

No. The decision to desert a nation with no moral compass, a history of persecuting many groups including women, religions other than Islam and excessive human rights violations was wise. The amateurs in the White House and demure military leaders hampered the withdrawal by the president.

The strategy should have been to evacuate US citizens first, Afghans who aided the US next and then the troops. The US military must be vibrant to orchestrate a successful evacuation and be ready to use force if necessary. Biden was trying to implement a plan that most Americans support, but he blew the execution.

Afghanistan is not a salvageable place.  It is the Wild West of Asia. The Taliban won’t ever be able to negotiate successfully with each other, much less the rest of the world. Putin would be insane to get back into the fray after Russia’s horrible experience in the country. Correspondingly, China is not going to spend a lot of effort courting Afghans after observing the challenges of all invaders in Afghanistan over the centuries, and mostly the US and Russia.

The key question is how will the international community of nations deal with the terrorist groups that are encouraged to train and multiply in Afghanistan. How is the Taliban going to be policed? For sure, military intervention will be needed to root out groups that muster in Afghanistan and wish to create havoc elsewhere.

This is where American leadership becomes very important not only for the US, but for Europe, the Middle East and even the Far East. There is no way Europeans would spend the money necessary to finance armed forces needed to deal with violence that emanates from Afghanistan. NATO and the UN desperately need US military might to keep Afghanistan from growing into a very dangerous source of terrorism.

The US and Biden have a real opportunity to establish a global response to terrorism led by America. It would be wise to move quickly in this regard because the Taliban will be very busy asserting their power and slicing up the economic pie in their country. There will likely be a short period of time when righteous countries can do things to protect their interests in Afghanistan.

It should be noted that I am not sanguine that Joe Biden will be able to lead our effort. He has proven to be inept while under the fire since he has been in power. Afghanistan, the southern boarder of the US and infrastructure legislation are areas where Biden has not distinguished himself.

Biden Tries To Pull A Fast One

The liberal media is lauding a compromise deal in the Senate to provide $1.4 trillion to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. It is a legislative effort that has bipartisan support and is a long time in coming. It would address a plethora of programs to revitalize the nation’s crumbling system of roads, bridges, tunnels, rail and broadband.

It sounded great, and all the politicians seemed to be on board. But nothing is easy in Washington because of the deep-seeded venom that exists between Democrats and Republicans. So what is so wrong with all the liberal back-slapping over the past 48 hours?

After flaunting a great legislative breakthrough, the president effectively threw cold water on the deal. After all the hard work by senators, he said he would not sign the bill unless Congress approves an additional $4 trillion economic program that would fund healthcare, childcare, higher education access and climate change programs.

It was a brazen move to slam unaffordable entitlements down the throats of Americans. It actually looked like Biden was trying to pull a fast one on his opponents and the public. Republicans immediately called out the president and his sycophants in Congress.

The trillions in this proposed package would supposedly be funded by what else- a change in the tax code for the super rich and multinational corporations. The problem is that Republicans are not going to vote yea on the second half of the overall proposal. So Biden and the federal government have made no progress.

To make matters worse, Democrats are threatening to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate to facilitate their ultra radical agenda. This would enable passage of any law with a majority in the Senate. The problem is that two Democrats senators, Manchin and Sinema, have said they would not vote for costly economic programs without participation of Republicans. So, the legislation is doomed.

 The whole dog and pony show on Thursday was a farce. Nothing is going to happen unless Biden signs an infrastructure bill without getting his $4 trillion spending program approved.

The nasty rhetoric emanating from Democrats is going to result in a do-nothing congressional session. The Democrats are in a bind because they really don’t have a majority in the Senate without the aforementioned rogue Democratic senators. Note: Softball Politics has proposed Sen. Manchin change parties and vote with Republicans. Also, the senator would be in a position to possibly run for president.

The liberal media is lauding a compromise deal in the Senate to provide $1.4 trillion to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. It is a legislative effort that has bipartisan support and is a long time in coming. It would address a plethora of programs to revitalize the nation’s crumbling system of roads, bridges, tunnels, rail and broadband.

It sounded great, and all the politicians seem to be on board. But nothing is easy in Washington because of the deep-seeded venom that exists between Democrats and Republicans. So what is so wrong with all the liberal back-slapping over the past 48 hours?

After flaunting a great legislative breakthrough, the president effectively threw cold water on the deal. After all the hard work by senators, he said he would not sign the bill unless Congress approves an additional $4 trillion economic program that would fund healthcare, childcare, higher education access and climate change programs.

It was a brazen move to slam unaffordable entitlements down the throats of Americans. It actually looked like Biden was trying to pull a fast one on his opponents and the public. Republicans immediately called out the president and his sycophants in Congress.

The trillions in this proposed package would supposedly be funded by what else- a change in the tax code for the super rich and multinational corporations. The problem is that Republicans are not going to vote yea on the second half of the overall proposal. So Biden and the federal government have made no progress.

To make matters worse, Democrats are threatening to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate to facilitate their ultra radical agenda. This would enable passage of any law with a majority in the Senate. The problem is that two Democrats senators, Manchin and Sinema, have said they would not vote for costly economic programs without participation of Republicans. So, the legislation is doomed.

 The whole dog and pony show on Thursday was a farce. Nothing is going to happen unless Biden signs an infrastructure bill without getting his $4 trillion spending program approved.

The nasty rhetoric emanating from Democrats is going to result in a do-nothing congressional session. The Democrats are in a bind because they really don’t have a majority in the Senate without the aforementioned rogue Democratic senators. Note: Softball Politics has proposed Sen. Manchin change parties and vote with Republicans. Also, the senator would be in a position to possibly run for president.