Opinion by Paul Curtman, Host of The Paul Curtman Show on NewsTalk STL
Over the last two weeks, the world has sat by and watched as the President of the United States of America has not only botched the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, but they were also eyewitnesses to him actually shriveling up physically from the pressure as reporters questioned him. As if the disaster caused by his failure to lead wasn’t enough of a black eye on our country, thirteen American troops were killed by the blast from a suicide bomber and many more were injured. Families of the victims of the blast are reeling from their loss.
The world is watching as the most powerful country in the world is run out of Afghanistan, bloodied and broken. Other world powers are beginning to strategize to take advantage of the situation with America bruised and embarrassed as it is. North Korea for example, has recently begun to gin up activity of its nuclear reactor. Keep in mind that North Korea is in large part the puppet of communist China – nuclear reactors don’t go online in North Korea unless the Chinese allow it to happen. Americans should also be on the lookout for who Russia decides to start building or strengthening its relationships with.
America has lost favor in the world in terms of trust and confidence over the last three weeks. The majority of Americans disapprove of the way our own commander in chief has handled the withdrawal and even more, Americans believe that President Biden should keep troops in Afghanistan until all Americans are out.
There is going to be international blowback from the failure of our president to lead with strength and it is already beginning to take shape on the world stage and here at home. What lies ahead is anybody’s guess at this point but one thing is sure, America has a lot of explaining to do to our allies that count on us being there for them, as does President Biden to the families of our fallen troops and the rest of the American people.
One thing I believe for sure – President Biden is not who America or her people are and there will come a day when the people will have an opportunity to be a beacon of freedom and competence once again. I know this because, in spite of all the carnage and chaos caused by Biden, Americans stood up and answered the call. Operation Pineapple Express, the operational term for the group of retired veterans that just helped thousands of Americans and Afghans escape, is a better symbol of the
We need to emulate the brave veterans who stood in the gap caused by President Biden’s administration – THAT’s who we are as Americans, men, and women of action who do the right thing when the right thing needs to be done.
Paul Curtman is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, an author, conference speaker, and statesman. For nearly 20 years, Paul has helped lead and develop leaders in the United States military, public service sectors, and business. Paul is a strong advocate for personal and economic freedom as well as the strength and integrity of the free market system. He is a Fellow at Club for Growth in Washington D.C. and currently lives in Missouri with his wife, Ruth, and their four children.