Nearly 20 years too late…
The U.S. left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander, who discovered the Americans’ departure more than two hours after they left, Afghan military officials said.
Afghanistan’s army showed off the sprawling air base Monday, providing a rare first glimpse of what had been the epicenter of America’s war to unseat the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks on America.
The U.S. announced Friday it had completely vacated its biggest airfield in the country in advance of a final withdrawal the Pentagon says will be completed by the end of August.
“We (heard) some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram … and finally by seven o’clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander said.
20 years of what exactly? Our government would have us believe that when the colts packed up and left Baltimore in the middle of the night, it was the equivalent of winning the super bowl.
Kohistani said the U.S. left behind 3.5 million items, all itemized by the departing U.S. military. They include tens of thousands of bottles of water, energy drinks and military ready-made meals, known as MRE’s.
“When you say 3.5 million items, it is every small items, like every phone, every door knob, every window in every barracks, every door in every barracks,” he said.
The big ticket items left behind include thousands of civilian vehicles, many of them without keys to start them, and hundreds of armored vehicles. Kohistani said the U.S. also left behind small weapons and the ammunition for them, but the departing troops took heavy weapons with them. Ammunition for weapons not being left behind for the Afghan military was blown up before they left.
Guess it costs more to bring it back? Are costs less to just make it go boom? Wonder what arming a nation that has lived under our subjugation will cost. Do standard procedures dictate broken windows as a net benefit? Can’t wait to see the arms in Syria.
I could wax on but nothing I can say can compare to a 20-year war we Americans who were not directly involved in hardly even stopped to notice in the last 19.5 years. Our young and our brave have died. Remember when war was an all-consuming life-or-death affair between countries?
Modern war barely registers between MTV, Facebook, and BLM. Could that be an even more modern form of warfare? Maybe Biden (by that I mean his handlers) just wants the troops home so they can complete the purge.
Just to be clear, the national embarrassment that is this ridiculous “war” is absolutely no reflection on our troops, who could have ended this shit in 6 months if not for the constant hamstring of politics and the ineptitude that soaks and spills out of the pentagon.
It’s almost as if this has been bungled for 20 years because nearly every single member of congress and the senate make money off of it, by their own financial disclosures.
This war was meant to last forever. If they are pulling out, actually pulling out, and it would seem by appearances at least they are. Well, it could only be because they have decided something else will be more profitable or heavens help us, somewhere else.