Re: “Taliban take Kabul,” Aug. 16 news story
President Joe Biden assured us last week we wouldn’t be helicoptering our embassy out like Saigon and that any changes in Afghanistan would be months away. Fast forward a week, Taliban takes over the country, we’re helicoptering our embassy out and terrorist groups now have a country to work from.
Women and young girls, millions of them sent back to the stone age, married off at twelve, no education, no life really. This because Biden had to play to his progressive left and doesn’t seem to have a clue of what was going to happen. If he had kept the contractors help Afgan Air and a couple of thousand trainers this could’ve had a different ending.
Now it won’t be long before ISIS and al-Qaida start planning their next hit on our homeland. Geez, the 2022 and 2024 elections can’t come quick enough.
Maybe we can get a senator to represent Colorado who doesn’t run for president to get a whopping 0.8% of vote in Iowa, and actually does something. Dare our progressive friends or even The Post to name something he has done of note in all the years he’s been there.
Michael Scanlan, Arvada
Just saw a news flash in which Biden and former President Donald Trump are blaming each other for the Afghanistan fiasco. Neither one is to blame.
It is former President George W. Bush. He didn’t finish the job after 9/11 before involving us in another war in Iraq. Also at that time we had a lot of the Afghan local chiefs on our side as allies, and they were happy to be rid of al-Qaida, and the problems they brought to their country.
Peter Beckley, Aurora
We all know doing the same deed and expecting different results defines insanity. Welcome to Vietnam 2021.
The last eight months I was in Vietnam (Aug 1969-Apr 1970) I had a duty that left me with a few hours spare time, daily. And I had my own jeep as a combat MP. I’d spend hours alone in a couple of small Vietnamese villages and talk to several civilians, frequently. Remember, no running water, no electricity and their tractors were water buffaloes. The only contact they had with other people was with men who came to their villages, say they were from the “government” and take some of their rice.
They had no idea who or what a “government” was. Nor did they care. The civilians had no reason to support or defend anyone but themselves.
The U.S. is simply following the same exact path it took when Saigon fell. Turn off the sound and it’s hard to tell which one you’re watching. Biden didn’t fail. Sooner or later some president would be forced to do the same thing.
The U.S. policies failed. Like they have for every year following World War II. We won the war and lost the world. As I remember, fish and governments rot from the head, down.
Steve Fickler, Wheat Ridge
Twenty years with fathers and sons fighting, $83 billion, four presidencies, over 6,300 U.S. citizens killed, including nearly 2,500 of my brothers and sisters in arms.
Now I know how the Vietnam veterans feel. Years of sacrifice for nothing. When will politicians realize we do best-accomplishing missions set from the start, not changed to fit moods or whims.
Craig Winter, Aurora
I volunteered with a Lutheran relief team in Vietnam doing medical work during that war (’68-’70) and found it no surprise that the Afghan war ended so abruptly with nearly the same scenario.
Going into a country whose culture and language are vastly different from ours, choosing leaders of our liking, and setting up practices we understand, may seem easy, but being “invaded” sets up opposition in any nation.
It should lead us to rethink all the other U.S. military incursions currently happening in more than a dozen countries and insist that Congress, per Article 1 of the Constitution, debate and vote on any troop assignment.
I urge Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and Reps. Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse, Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, Jason Crow and Ed Perlmutter to demand that the president not impose sanctions on Afghanistan.
The U.S. did place sanctions on Vietnam and did not help the country repair the damage, nearly starving some of the people and preventing the return of diplomatic relations.
When finally re-established with Vietnam, the U.S. was able to have more normal interactions with that country. Let’s learn from history.
Judy Danielson, Denver
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