As Afghanistan’s capital has rapidly been overtaken by members of the Taliban, I can’t help but think the decision to withdraw all U.S. forces out of such a volatile country is good when the politician I like does it and bad when the politician I don’t like does it.
While at times it can be difficult to comprehend the nuances of foreign policy, I’ve learned that the easiest way to differentiate between something morally good, and something callous and repugnant, is to consider which politician is calling the shots and literally nothing else.
When the politician I don’t like first announced he had plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, I immediately took to Twitter to mock his poor judgement and incompetence. Surely this clown understands such a move would disrupt an already tumultuous region and lead to a violent overthrow of Kabul, I thought.
But then the politician I like announced the same plans, I was like “ok, now hold on. This might actually be a good thing.”
Ever since the politician I like has chosen to withdraw, I see it as the necessary conclusion of a nearly 20 year war that has caused needless suffering and cost taxpayers billions of dollars in hyper militarism. That being said, if he had chosen to stay in the so-called “forever war” I think that would be an equally good call.
As you can no doubt infer from my mature reasoning, my opinion on Afghanistan takes into account the context and intent of the politician I like, whereas everyone who is taking a stance on this matter simply based on the horrific ramifications alone are all very immature and less smart.
While the outcome of yesterday’s events in Kabul are tragic, it is worth noting that it is not at all the fault of my politician. Even though he undoubtedly had all the power in the world to create a safe and effective evacuation plan, it was the politician I don’t like who thought of it in the first place so really it’s all his fault.
If, however, the removal of forces had been successful, it would have been because of steadfastness and foresight by my politician and nothing else.
In summary, my political beliefs can be distilled as this: it doesn’t matter what does or does not happen so long as it’s a guy I like doing or not doing it.