No, it’s not just a song by “Abba.” It was a famous battle.
The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in Belgium. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition, a British-led coalition consisting of units from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Hanover, Brunswick, and Nassau, under the command of the Duke of Wellington and a Prussian army under the command of Field Marshal von Blücher, referred to also as Blücher’s army. The battle marked the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
All that information is simply “fluff” around the essential stuff resulting in and from Waterloo. The Battle of Waterloo was a “humdinger.” It obviously involved many different combatants, did not last long. Napoleon lost. And four days later, Napoleon abdicated his throne in France.
Uh-Oh! You got the relation between what’s happening in Afghanistan and what happened at Waterloo. Could similar circumstances between the two world events resolve in the same fashion?
In his speech to the nation about our withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden was right that a long legacy of American involvement there preceded him. But across the board, in domestic and foreign policy, any new president inherits realities that precede him. The issue confronting every president is what principles and policies will be implemented to deal with these existing realities that will define his administration.
Most clear now is that America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is surrounded by a perception of confusion, weakness, and humiliation. For anyone who believes that our nation should be a beacon of strength for freedom in the world, that beacon has been deeply tarnished.
According to The Jerusalem Post, these are the nations that will most benefit from this moment: Qatar, Russia, China, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran. According to the Post, “Most of these countries have hosted the Taliban or tacitly backed them.” In other words, this round has been won by forces in the world for whom freedom is not a value.
Biden, in his remarks, said, “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals: get those who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001, and make sure al-Qaida could not use Afghanistan as a base from which to attack us again.”
This is inaccurate. Months after the attack on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush defined a two-pronged strategy of retaliation in his State of the Union address. One, “Shut down terrorist camps, disrupt terrorist plans and bring terrorists to justice.” This was accomplished in our successful military incursion in Afghanistan. But second, “We must prevent the terrorists and regimes who seek chemical, biological or nuclear weapons from threatening the United States and the world.”
Bush rightly noted that Afghanistan could not and cannot be viewed in isolation from forces in the world that hate us and hate our ideals. This humiliation of our nation in the current withdrawal from Afghanistan strengthens those forces. Although Biden decided to continue withdrawing from Afghanistan, he reversed President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal with Iran. Biden’s deal strengthens rather than weakens Iran and creates a path leading to the nuclear capability of this dangerous and threatening nation. But most critical is to appreciate that we cannot defend our nation abroad if we are not clear who we are at home.
President Ronald Reagan observed, “While America’s military strength is important … I’ve always maintained that the struggle now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets, by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith.” Our enemies, per Reagan,” must be made to understand: We will never compromise our principles and standards. We will never give away our freedom. We will never abandon our belief in God.”
It is here that Biden’s credibility is so deeply in question.
Under the leadership of this administration, the values that Americans have always known that protect individual freedom and protect God-fearing Americans – certainly those that understand this as Christianity – are on historically shaky ground. Cancel culture and wokeness limit our ability to speak and run our private lives and businesses freely. The values that have sustained marriage and family and protect the unborn have been dangerously weakened.
Government expansion and incursion into private life are unprecedented. Per the Hoover Institution’s John Cogan, if Biden plans find their way into law, “for the first time in history, more than half of all Americans would be on the federal dole.”
How can we expect leadership in Afghanistan or anywhere else abroad for these American values when we don’t see it at home?
American Military and Political Leadership is a Void
Biden’s handlers worked diligently in 2019-2020 to sell to the American people the fact that Joe Biden had a career FULL of foreign policy achievements during his 40-year political career both while he was a U.S. Senator and his eight years as Vice President in the Obama Administration. Yep, they told the truth — kind of. The only truth in the previous statement is that he WAS a U.S. Senator and WAS a U.S. Vice President. Regarding “foreign policy achievements:” he had NONE.
In hindsight, we can see what a dumpster fire the Obama/Biden White House was overseeing America’s national security and foreign affairs.
- Failed “red lines” and genocide in Syria? Check;
- The Russian annexation of Crimea? Check;
- ISIS establishing a caliphate and spreading its deadly tentacles around the world? Check, check;
- Then there’s Benghazi and the failed regime change in Libya. Check;
- The disastrous Iran nuclear deal gave the world’s leading sponsor of terror $150 billion, much of which ended up in the hands of terror proxies. Check;
- No one can overlook that on Biden’s “lead from behind” watch, North Korea dramatically expanded its nuclear arsenal while Russia meddled in U.S. elections — with hardly a wrist slap. Super Check;
- The Obama Administration emptied GITMO on his watch, releasing scores of jihadis back onto the battlefield while also trading five hardened terrorists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Check.
Rank-and-File Democrats in Congress have begun to see the absence of reason in the Biden Foreign Policy team while the State Department and Defense Department leadership are doing NOTHING but scrambling for answers. It’s NOT working.
The fact that any of the explanations we are hearing from the National Security Advisor, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense are all minus ANY factual information, any reasonable and complete explanations, and certainly no evidence of any plans to extricate the thousands of Americans still behind Taliban lines that they Biden Administration continues to promise to “get them out.” Sadly, that promise is empty. Why? Even those cabinet members quietly agree there is LITTLE chance, if any, to get those Americans along with our Afghan allies out of the country safely before Biden’s arbitrary and mysterious August 31 deadline.
Each day it becomes more apparent that President Biden has NO grasp on governing our nation. These foreign events playing out now in Afghanistan have made it abundantly clear that this President has no grasp on what is necessary to take decisive measures in Afghanistan IMMEDIATELY.
As this story is being written, the suicide bombing of a gate at the Kabul Airport sadly killed twelve U.S. military members. Our military on the ground — not necessarily our military at the Pentagon — is face-to-face with terrorists. And those terrorists represent an uncountable assortment of well-organized, well-trained, and well-financed militia who each despise the United States and all those who represent us. It’s hard for Americans to understand how anyone is so committed to killing “The Great Satan.” “The Great Satan” is the United States of America. Please make no mistake: The Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS, and multiple branches of these terrorist organizations exist solely to destroy every person on Earth who is NOT an adherent to their versions of the law and religion.
What can we do regarding filling the void of leadership in the U.S.?
President Biden should step aside. It should be obvious to him — even in his diminished cognitive state — that he doesn’t have what it takes to handle this pending genocide of innocent Afghans and Americans in Afghanistan by this terrorist conglomerate.
What would it look like if President Biden DID decide to resign as President? Obviously, the process would be fairly simple. He would simply resign as President. The Vice President would simultaneously take the oath of office and assume the presidency. But there are many Biden confidants that not only do not think Joe Biden will ever resign, and they don’t want Joe Biden to resign! After all, no matter the physical or mental state of a U.S. president, he or she can stay in office as long as they choose or until they’re replaced. Replacing a President is specifically detailed in the U.S. Constitution.
The first is Impeachment. We’ve been through that process recently, haven’t we? Twice, the Pelosi Democrats attempted to remove Donald Trump from office. They first, on both occasions, voted articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives and sent those articles to the U.S. Senate, after which a trial of President Trump was held. The Senate refused to remove Trump from office.
The second is the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Congress proposed, and the states ratified the 25th Amendment in 1967 to outline the transition of power formally. Before that, the vice president didn’t officially have the power to take over. The amendment states that if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office, the vice president becomes president. If there is a vacancy in the vice presidency for any reason, the president can choose someone to fill it. And if the president is unable to fulfill his/her duties – like when President George W. Bush was under general anesthesia for colonoscopies in 2002 and 2007 – he can temporarily transfer his powers to the vice president and get them back when he’s done.
How Would the 25th Amendment Work in This Case?
Under the amendment’s fourth stipulation, it would only take 14 people to depose the president: The Vice President and a majority of the President’s Cabinet size if it increased or decreased in number.
Section IV reads:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
The “Final, Final”
Let’s face it: it’s doubtful Joe Biden will ever step down as President. Being the Commander in Chief has been a lifelong dream for Joe. Many feel Democrat Party leadership negotiated some deal with him to be a “temporary” President so that history would identify him as such. Then at some future point, he would step aside for the Vice President to take over.
In my opinion, neither option is viable and certainly neither would be a good option to choose!
In each option, Vice President Kamala Harris would become President. Can you imagine what horrors would erupt under her guidance? Look at her horrendous record as a prosecutor in San Francisco, then the Attorney General of California, U.S. Senator, and then as a candidate for the United States presidency. In which of these did she have even marginal success?
The people of California messaged their resounding NON-support of her in her presidential campaign. That’s why she dropped out of the race before the first primary election.
Sadly, it appears that whoever holds that office in the White House will be Mr. Biden or Ms. Harris until January of 2025 on Inauguration Day.
Which would you rather it be: Joe Biden or Kamala Harris?
OMG! That’s what you call a “conundrum.”
I wonder if Hillary is available?
By the way: I thought you might like to reminisce a bit and listen to that big hit by the group Abba from the 70s: “Waterloo.”