Comparisons have been made to Afghanistan and the fall of Saigon 1975….
Biden and Blinken have made it ‘clear’ that it is not anywhere similar to 1975…..
The White House is working very hard to tamp down comparisons of what’s happening in Kabul to what happened in Saigon in 1975. But for now, a statement that President Biden made only last month doesn’t appear to be aging well:
- July 8: “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the—of the United States from Afghanistan,” Biden said on that date, per Newsweek. “It is not at all comparable.” He added: “The likelihood there’s going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely.”
- Blinken, I: “This is manifestly not Saigon,” Blinken responded. “The fact of the matter is this: We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission in mind, and that was to deal the people who attacked us on 9/11. And that mission has been successful.” (See his full remarks via a State Department transcript.)
- Blinken, II: The secretary of state got a similar question from Jake Tapper at CNN, who wondered if we were “in the midst of a Saigon moment.” Blinken gave a similar response: “No, we’re not. Remember, this is not Saigon. We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission, and that mission was to deal with the folks who attacked us on 9/11. And we have succeeded in that mission.” (That transcript is here.)
The spin has been relentless…..but NO one is believe the hype…..
1975…..Fall of Saigon…..
2021….fall of Kabul…….
The chaos looks very familiar to me.
But these two politicians are right….there is one comparison that shows it is not the same…..
The forces of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong took about 6 months after the US pulled out before they took the capitol of Saigon.
The Afghan forces lasted about 10 days before the president left the country and the forces of the Taleban too the capitol of Kabul.
But it is the same…..we wasted time and money training an army to defend themselves and it collapsed embarrassingly for the US.
How long will it be before we try the stupidity of nation-building again….the waste and the destruction to accomplish NOTHING?
“We will not make the same mistakes from the past” Biden stated……too late dude we already have and continue to do so.
After writing about our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq for many years all I can say in closing is….”I Told You So”!
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”