Pete Riehm
Is it incompetence, cowardice, or complicity?
By Pete Riehm
August 23, 2021

The unbelievable human tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan is also a travesty of epic proportions. When Afghanistan collapsed last week with alarming speed, it was obvious "bungling Biden" had no clue and no plan, but now it's also apparent he has no conscience and no gumption. OK, the Bumbler-In-Chief has Afghanistan fouled up beyond all repair, but why are we wallowing in defeat? The situation is beyond awful, but we still have the most powerful military on the planet. Our military has the capacity to stabilize Kabul and evacuate Americans, so why has Biden not turned them loose on these murderous bastards?!

Ill served by his advisors and generals, Biden, like all Democrats, was only after optics, not substance; he just wanted to brag on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 that he had brought our troops home. No one disagrees that after two decades we should leave Afghanistan, but unlike President Trump, Biden threw planning, perceptions, and prudence to the wind. Trump also wanted to leave Afghanistan, but the planned withdrawal was based on specific conditions. The top two conditions were that Afghanistan (including the Taliban) would NOT harbor terrorists NOR export terror; and Americans and their allies would be protected. Biden's idiotic and incompetent Secretaries of Defense and State obviously shredded those memos.

So what is really going on here? How did America stumble into the worst military debacle since the fall of Saigon, and biggest international embarrassment since the Iran hostage crisis? An easy answer, with ample evidence, is sheer incompetence. Our military can certainly handle such difficult challenges, so it can only be a total failure in leadership. The diplomats, generals, and pundits completely miscalculated the strategy and misled our noble troops. Disgraced Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was so obsessed with fictional "white supremacy" that he was oblivious to the REAL threats in Afghanistan; he must be fired immediately. But this was Biden's team and ultimate decision – Biden owns this catastrophic defeat!

Now that Biden has made this historic mess, why is he not acting to clean it up? Thousands of Americans are literally stranded behind enemy lines and our Afghan allies are being slaughtered, but Biden is sitting on his decrepit hands. British, French, and German special forces are venturing into Kabul to rescue their citizens, but Biden is keeping our military behind the airport walls. Biden unbelievably first told us that the Taliban is cooperating with us, but horrific accounts and shocking videos quickly exposed that lie. What is Biden afraid of? Perhaps it's the press. Are Democrats worried it could get worse with another "Black Hawk Down" scenario, with the bodies of American troops dragged through the streets? If that's the case, that is not only a lack of confidence in our troops; it is abject cowardice by the Commander-In-Chief.

Biden incredibly claimed that there was no international criticism or questions of his credibility, while our allies were decrying him as an inept imbecile for endangering the entire earth with the single greatest fiasco suffered by NATO since its inception. How clueless!

Biden promised the world, since he announced this withdrawal in April, that Afghanistan would remain stable and secure and that Al Qaeda has been eliminated. Afghanistan is anything but stable and now we are learning the Kabul Airport perimeter is being controlled by Al Qaeda! And ISIS has emerged in Afghanistan! Terrorism has returned with a vengeance on Biden's watch.

Beyond this historic humiliation for American diplomacy and military might, Biden has single-handedly damaged American credibility and prestige more than any enemy in our history! No one can trust America with Biden at the helm. Our enemies are gleefully watching American leadership implode and realizing their evil designs are now possible. Make no mistake: Iran is telling Israel, Russia is telling Ukraine, and China is telling Taiwan, you cannot depend on the Americans – you are alone and vulnerable!

The devastating ramifications of this monumental failure will resonate globally for generations. Without a righteous and strong America, the world is surely less safe. None of this makes any sense except to the leftists seeking to weaken America in order to usher the USA into globalism. The Afghanistan crisis has been so mismanaged one must wonder if there are is another purpose. Biden is carrying on Obama's agenda to neutralize America's influence and impede, if not prohibit, America's ability to project power. America is the lone obstacle to globalism and leftists just achieved a victory in ending America as a super power.

While this disaster is devastating to the USA, who benefits from this carnage and collapse of American credibility? China! Afghanistan is rife with rare earth minerals vital to emerging battery technology, and China covets those natural resources to dominate the electric vehicle industry. China is already in talks with the Taliban to rebuild Afghanistan!

Every Biden policy is weakening America and strengthening China, and now he hands Afghanistan on a bloody platter to China. Biden's family is demonstrably beholden to China for much of their wealth, and there is evidence that Biden owes his presidential claim to Chinese meddling. It certainly appears Biden is complicit with China for this shameful surrender in Afghanistan. None of Biden's actions and inaction make sense unless he is following the directions of his Chinese handlers.

Did Biden sell out the USA to China?! Biden's complicity is the only logical excuse for this unmitigated disaster; these questions must be investigated and answered. But one thing is clear: Biden is utterly ill-equipped and incapable of leading America. He has lost any modicum of confidence and trust from the American people, and for that matter the world. Biden must resign or be impeached before he can destroy the United States!

"Woe to you, destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed" (Isaiah 33:1).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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