Things in Afghanistan are a damn mess right now if ever I’ve seen one after the Taliban was able to seize the Presidential Palace and effectively overthrow the country’s government — leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake, as you’d expect.
Now, when it comes to where, in particular, the blame lands for the current chaos in the Middle Eastern nation, that’s a somewhat tricky nut to crack, because it goes back decades. Donald Trump set the withdrawal of troops in motion (despite seemingly trying to delete all the evidence of such.) Even President Biden has left a lot to be desired after inheriting Trump’s mess. But if we’re being truthful about it all, the very beginning of this mess with the Middle East as a whole traces straight back to Republican former President Georga W. Bush.
We can argue and fight over who did what, when, and why — but the fact of the matter is, this is on Bush’s shoulders, from the very beginning.
Bush was the President who started the war with Afghanistan on the heels of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Today, the former GOP President and his wife Laura Bush released a statement responding to the catastrophic ongoing events in the Middle Eastern country — expressing their dismay with the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan that led to the Taliban takeover as well as their “deep sadness” for the country.
“Laura and I have been watching the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan with deep sadness. Our hearts are heavy for both the Afghan people who have suffered so much and for the Americans and NATO allies who have sacrificed so much,” their joint statement reads.
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But, to be frank, Americans weren’t impressed:
And here I was foolishly hoping for even a half-hearted apology from Bush for embarking on a nation-building experiment that led to a costly and unwinnable quagmire. Silly me. No contrition or self-awareness at all. https://t.co/sbsAn53tzC
— Boris Ryvkin (@BRyvkin) August 17, 2021
He can fuck all the way off.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 17, 2021
— Mohammed Ahmed Marafi (@mohmdmarafi) August 17, 2021
Yeah O.J. feels bad for Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman too.
— Ozark (@Ozmosis711) August 17, 2021
Former U.S. President Bush expresses ‘deep sadness’ over Afghan situation that he is almost entirely responsible for.
There I fixed it for you
— Jonathan Seymour (@JonathanSeym0ur) August 17, 2021
“ events “ you fucking started 20 years ago
— Mr FLO FLO (@thriftycoopgsm) August 17, 2021
Perhaps they should sit this one out.
— Kelly (@peppadew3) August 17, 2021
at the the Hague.
— Solidaries🇨🇺Sans🇵🇸Frontieres (@PepperoniDave) August 17, 2021
You’ll excuse my bluntness here; but the best thing you can do for yourself, Mr. Bush, is take several seats.
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