A year ago Trump said Let’s get out of Afghanistan,
Now Biden is implementing the two-bit tyrant’s plan.
But the Afghans we trained and equipped
Apparently are already whipped.
If I were a betting man, my money’d be on the Taliban.
“It wasn’t crazy for President Biden and his national security team, including the Pentagon, to have imagined that the Afghan forces — with superior technology and manpower — could have done a much better job holding the Taliban at bay. … But senior U.S. officials are privately acknowledging that the Afghans appear psychologically defeated — and there was insufficient accounting for the psychological consequences of the long war.”
You can shoot me, but listen to me first. I want education for your sons and daughters. Now I have spoken, so do whatever you want.
— Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, quoted by the Washington Post, on what she would have said to the Pakistani Taliban extremist who shot her if she had the chance.
Definitely. It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.
— A senior Taliban commander, quoted by Time, when asked whether the Taliban would be inspired to kidnap others after the prisoner swap with the United States.
Of prisoner exchanges, we’re not a big fan,
But to leave no soldier behind, you do what you can.
So the deal was made
And we applaud the trade —
Hell, one of ours is worth AT LEAST five Taliban.
We’ve been waaay too long in Afghanistan.
And even though Karzai says he’s still our man,
It’s long past time to go,
Because now for sure we know
He’s been in secret peace talks with the Taliban.