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Thoughts on Events the Week of August 16

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on August 23, 2021

Global warming: The UN issued a massive report on global warming, dubbing it a “Red Flag for Humanity.” I didn’t bother to read it. It’s already too late and we would have to rethink our positions on economic growth and population control. We don’t have the will. Hell, we can’t even agree on wearing masks in a pandemic.

Afghanistan withdrawal: The Taliban took over the country in only a matter of days once they knew we were leaving.

The administration said it was surprised that the collapse happened so quickly, but I doubt Biden was. He’d seen enough of the cowardly, incompetent military and corrupt government to know neither would last long. If the Afghan government and military wanted a country, they should have fought for it.

Oddly, the rapid collapse is more evidence that Biden was right. The overthrow was inevitable and there was nothing we could have done about it. We needed to get out. Admittedly, the evacuation is going poorly.

The military creates contingency plans for everything, but there seems to have been little or no contingency planning for this. You would think they would have started planning when what’s his name, the disgraced former president, declared he intended to leave Afghanistan. At the very latest, when President said in the first campaign speech the same thing, that somebody would have said, “Hey, maybe we should start thinking about this. How do we get our people out? How do we get our citizens out? How do we get our helpers out?” 

But this didn’t happen. (It’s been reported that the previous administration did give it some thought, but in its typical incompetent, mean-spirited, xenophobic way.)

The cynic in me thinks it’s because the military was stalling, thinking they would be able to talk Biden out of leaving. They must have thought they were still dealing with what’s his name, the disgraced former president.

The Dumbs of August: We’re halfway through the month and still no reinstatement of what’s his name, the disgraced former president. Does any sentient being yet believe there will be one?

Worst state: As long as Governor Abbott keeps forbidding his residents from wearing masks, Texas will retain the worst state cup.

But wait! There’s more. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is now blaming the Covid-19 surge on blacks. It used to be immigrants; now it’s blacks. Patrick is an equal opportunity xenophobe and racist bigot. You are right, Walter, Patrick is worse than Abbott, but this doesn’t absolve the Governor in any way.

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