Taliban’s return to power a ‘geopolitical humiliation’ for the US

Taliban’s return to power a ‘geopolitical humiliation’ for the US

i said earlier the fall of afghanistan is not just a political or security defeat for the west it’s also a cultural defeat for a start check the taliban men all men by the way who took over the presidential palace in kabul i don’t think there’s a single face mask there between them with this virus raging in afghanistan too well not that i recommend what they’re doing of course i’m just pointing out that these men are not obsessing about some small threat to their health they’re looking at a bigger picture but for me the difference really is best summed up in a couple of videos i’ll show you first here’s the top general in the united states the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff mark milley three weeks ago only three weeks ago dismissing the possibility of exactly what happened just yesterday the afghan security forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country a negative outcome a taliban automatic military takeover is not a foregone conclusion now this happens to be the very same general who seemed much more interested in fighting another war identity politics in battling white supremacy white rage etc something he actually wanted the u.s military academy to now teach the united states military academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand uh and i i want to understand white rage and i’m white and indeed this bloke’s army has been running recruitment ads focused on race on hiring minorities aimed at for instance the children of same-sex parents this is the story of a soldier who operates your nation’s patriot missile defense systems it begins in california with a little girl raised by two moms although i had a fairly typical childhood took ballet played violin i also marched for equality and meanwhile let’s look again at the ragtag army the defeat of the united states do any of them look bothered by their lack of diversity bothered about their gender wondering if they might be bi or non-binary filled with shame at their maleness and their color joining me is brendan o’neill editor of the online magazine spike brendan lovely to talk to you look it’s hard for me not to see this as a battle between proud people prepared to die for their beliefs what however backward you might think them or whatever and count people on the other side who are not even sure what they believe absolutely i mean firstly this is an extraordinary geopolitical humiliation for the united states and for nato people are comparing it to saigon in 1975. i actually think it’s worse it’s worse because it was not really external pressures that defeated the us they kind of defeated themselves that’s what’s happened here and i think those videos you showed are a very good example but we’re in a situation of you know twiddling our thumbs while rome burns so you have the rise of extraordinarily regressive islamist movements in afghanistan and elsewhere and the greatest minds of the west are thinking about how to make the army trans-inclusive or what your gender might be or the british army the british army a couple of years ago advertised for snowflakes i mean the posters literally said snowflakes the army wants you and it wants your compassion and i was thinking yesterday what must the taliban what must the taliban have thought when the great british army was advertising for snowflakes or when the american military became obsessed with white rage and white anger and critical race theory they’re laughing at us that’s what they’re doing and this is a cultural clash between a west that doesn’t know what it stands for and a regressive islamist movement that really does know what it stands for oh yes for a while we were running recruitment ads for our army you joined the army you went to help people you helped them in a disaster you picked them up you looked after the kids no an army is there to go overseas and shoot people if necessary to defend us or defend us at home again by shooting people now the other thing that we don’t seem to have done brendan is they’ve offered the afghan people some compelling vision to fight for the personal freedom that we hope that if the new afghanistan would represent we poured in the aid but it seems to me this is exam this is an example of the great maxim that man does not live by bread alone and it seems that many in afghanistan would rather be poor and hardline muslim than rich and western and liberal now is that one of the problems here that we don’t have a vision that really sings in that sort of country absolutely but i think that’s right we don’t and and lots of afghans just do not buy into what whatever we promoted to them but what’s really even more tragic than that in a sense is that we don’t even have a vision that many people in the west buy into now i was remembering recently that the the war on terror when it was launched in 2001 which began with the afghan war that was called operation enduring freedom but how many people in the west really believe in freedom today i mean who you know truly believe freedom freedom of speech freedom of association political freedom not many certainly not many in the new elites so i think what’s happened here is that firstly the afghan people many of them have said look we don’t want this kind of freedom that you’re offering to us and that has completely fallen apart but at the same time you know what does it say about america that it launches this 20-year war called operation enduring freedom and then kind of gives up and runs away and turns its back on its former allies in afghanistan it tells us that this is why this is this really ratifies america’s geopolitical decline it is now looks like and it’s so true brennan really it is so true and how can we sell freedom when in the meantime we’re acting like the taliban ourselves with the canceled culture brendan o’neill thank you so much indeed for your time
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Taliban’s return to power a ‘geopolitical humiliation’ for the US

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