Recent events and more than the usual disengagement from narrative media have me pondering two seemingly unrelated questions on the Tuesday evening: Why is the Biden Administration still hunting terrorists in Afghanistan and what exactly was the official government business need that was of such critical importance this week that Speaker Pelosi just had to visit Taiwan?
A third, and probably the most important, question: What will be the repercussions of these dangerous games by truly stupid people?
Now, I have seen even those of the nominal right praising both actions and (reluctantly) the players involved. Indeed, I agree that a dead terrorist leader is a good thing and not letting the Chinese dictate when and where “we” can conduct relations with our friends and allies around the world is also necessary. But these correct ends are in no way indicative of intelligent and/or proper behavior. In fact, both were unnecessarily provocative and likely really, really stupid at this point in history.
I suspect that looking back at the Pelosi visit from late September will reveal that this was not a useful stunt. Whether immediate, tactical, and hot or long term and strategic, expect the costs to be steep and damaging to U.S. interests. (I hope the campaign contributions that Nancy picked up there and those she harvests from for immediate aftermath are worth the broader costs to the country. But I digress.)
The Afghanistan stunt may prove to be even more costly on the PR front. The hornet’s nest has now been stirred…now, remind me again, how many American citizens are still stuck there after being abandoned by the Biden-Harris administration last year? A couple months from now Putin’s little game with his American B-baller hostage will look like nothing compared the what the Afghan thugs very well may start doing with those American citizens. Abandoned and forgotten once already, don’t expect Team Biden to ride in to the rescue.
Most don’t seem to notice this yet but this has been a very bad week…and its only Tuesday.