For better or worse, the United States is withdrawing from Afghanistan where it has been waging war against a deadly insurgency for two decades now. The Taliban has captured the capital city of Kabul and has declared the country an Islamic emirate under their governance. It’s too soon to tell if this iteration of the Taliban will be more moderate than the one that controlled the country prior to the U.S. invasion as some hope but the fate of the Afghan people, particularly the women, is at best uncertain.
There are valid criticisms to be leveled at the rushed and seemingly disorganized manner in which President Biden has conducted the U.S. withdrawal but it’s more important now to focus on the way forward. Tens of thousands of Afghans who worked with the United States as stalwart allies are now at risk of reprisal from the infamously brutal Taliban. Under any moral code, America now has a sacred obligation to offer them refuge in the States. It’s the very least we can do.
Predictably, the usual xenophobes in the Republican Party are already screeching about the proposed resettlement of Afghan refugees. It was a GOP administration under George Bush that led us into Afghanistan in the first place but now that very same party refuses to take responsibility for the people directly affected by the invasion. It’s cowardice of the lowest form and it’s being spewed by the usual creeps.
Tucker Carlson, an immigration hawk who could be more accurately described as a white nationalist sympathizing cryptofascist, used his program to claim that offering safe harbor to these refugees to tantamount to being “invaded,” a disgusting claim with more than a little racial animus coursing through it.
Tucker Carlson, already going there: "If history is any guide, and it’s always a guide, we will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country, and over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions. So first we invade, and then we are invaded." pic.twitter.com/4ES5fz4reb
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 17, 2021
Laura Ingraham, a woman who is every bit as immoral and cruel as Tucker, shared similar thoughts on her show.
Ingraham: Is it really our responsibility to welcome thousands of refugees from Afghanistan? pic.twitter.com/Sopvx4RJ0H
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 17, 2021
Much-deserved criticism has poured in on Twitter, but one must presume that millions of Fox News viewers are being swayed by these fearmongering segments.
Why is it always the people that make the bigger show of being committed to Jesus that are the least concerned about the plight of the refugees? Like do these so-called Christians even know who Jesus is?
— Brooks Gillespie (@BrooksGillespie) August 17, 2021
OMG! Not the possibility of providing humane refuge to people of colour who stood by America?
Not even a modicum of discretion with respect to her white supremacist leanings!
— AJ (@UpSpireMe) August 17, 2021
On brand. https://t.co/YcThs77w6I
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) August 17, 2021
And there it is. pic.twitter.com/shCzoLgPBR
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) August 17, 2021
“Probably in your neighborhood”
That’s not blowing a dog whistle. It’s taking the whistle and shoving it down their throats. https://t.co/XCDmyDM9Xz
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) August 17, 2021
Things that destabilize the US:
* seditionists attacking Capitol and attempting to overturn elections
* white-collar and organized crime dominating avenues of power
* elite criminal impunity
* destruction of voting rights
Things that don’t destabilize the US:
* Afghan refugees
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 17, 2021
Thankfully there are some government officials (unsurprisingly Democrats) who recognize the debt we owe these Afghan refugees. We must take them in.
For all those who lost, sacrificed, suffered, and served in the last 20 years of war and occupation, the United States has a singular responsibility in extending safe refuge to the Afghan people.
That is the absolute floor. https://t.co/j5FXjHXhAT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 16, 2021
Foreign policy matters: After 20 years of U.S. effort, the loss of 2,448 soldiers and a trillion spent, Afghanistan was left with a corrupt government and an ineffectual military. At this moment, we must do everything we can to evacuate our allies and open our doors to refugees.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 15, 2021
What’s happening in Afghanistan currently is a humanitarian crisis.
Let’s be clear: there has never been, and will never be, a U.S. military solution in Afghanistan.
Our top priority must be providing humanitarian aid & resettlement to Afghan refugees, women, and children. pic.twitter.com/DImw4Dc7Ns
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) August 16, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.