“No warning” about a lightning quick Taliban takeover? Dubious. There are documented reports that U.S. diplomats warned the administration in July about that plausible scenario. July. The month President Biden told the nation that a rapid and complete Taliban victory was not “inevitable” and was in fact “very unlikely.”
No one of good will wants what is now a scrambling, on-the-fly (literally) U.S. “salvage” evacuation operation to fail. But we are at the mercy of the Taliban. We are dependent on the “honor” of the Taliban. The United States is counting on the integrity of the Taliban. Let that marinate.
“Chaos was inevitable”? Yes. As was an eventual Taliban takeover, almost certainly sooner than later. But our stunning and inexplicable lack of planning fueled the immediate chaos and horror. And Biden’s ongoing insistence that no mistakes were made is not confidence-inspiring as the U.S. tries to pull this one out in the “two-minute drill.”
Quorum time in the Texas House. Dems fighting Republicans. And now Dems fighting Dems. “Oh, did we forget to tell you we were coming back?”
“Very dire.” That’s how public health officials are describing the situation in Austin. Our state’s capital and ten surrounding counties have four ICU beds available as I write this at 6:03 a.m. Didn’t I start this blog describing an example of denial and lousy planning?
Abbott says the state will deploy additional medical personnel to help in hospitals throughout Texas. Uhhh, good thinking. But where will these folks come from? And what domino disaster might that cause? Can Regeneron monoclonal antibodies also improve one’s cognitive function and soften a stony heart?
You can’t smoke in public places, and for the most part, everybody now accepts that. Why? Because there is a realization that one person smoking in a room forces everybody else to smoke. Involuntarily. That right there oughta be the end of this “freedom” ruse.
It’s raining in Greenland, two miles above sea level. Not snowing. Raining. Nobody’s ever seen that before. Nobody wanted to.