It’s still too soon to fully judge the Biden administration’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan. While ending the 20-year-old war was a popular decision with most Americans, many have been quick to criticize the way it was handled with some alleging that it was rushed or poorly executed. Implicit in these criticisms is the idea, never fully expanded upon with any real detail, that there was some perfect, bloodless way to end the occupation.
The harsh reality is that losing a war is never a tidy affair. There was always going to be chaos in the final days. What should be stressed is that Biden had the courage as commander-in-chief to make the hard decision to stop sacrificing American blood and treasure in a conflict that our government long ago realized was unwinnable. Currents polls may be harsh in their appraisal but history will likely record his actions as prudent.
For Republicans, the withdrawal has proven to be a media godsend. The same cynical chattering heads who praised Trump when he called for an even earlier withdrawal are now pretending as if President Biden has done the unthinkable. Right-wingers are simultaneously accusing the White House of betraying our Afghan allies while whining about the United States accepting refugees from the region. All of their attacks are bad faith and constitute nothing more than cheap partisan efforts to smear a president of the opposing party.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has predictably proven himself to be one of the most outspoken and odious detractors of the Biden administration’s withdrawal. Last night he took to Twitter to share a CNN clip detailing the story of a Texas family reportedly left behind in Afghanistan after U.S. forces departed from Kabul. While such stories are deeply concerning, Cruz’s supposed concern should be taken with a mountain of salt. It should also be noted that the U.S. State Department has been urging Americans to leave Afghanistan for months now.
Cruz stated that the story was “horrifying” and “wrong.” Of course, if Biden had extended the withdrawal deadline and the Taliban used that extension as an excuse to reignite open hostilities, Americans and civilians may have been killed in which case right-wingers like Cruz would have condemned Biden for not withdrawing sooner. There is no decision he could have made that would have pleased them because their only interest is smearing him.
“America doesn’t leave Americans behind,” Cruz concluded his tweet. The senator would have been wise to choose his words more carefully as the tweet immediately prompted users to bring up his now-infamous Cancun vacation. While his home state of Texas was being brutalized by winter storms and mass power outages he quite literally “left Americans behind” by trying to sneak away for a secret vacation to Mexico.
This is horrifying. And wrong.
America doesn’t leave Americans behind. https://t.co/k1olAjUkmh
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 31, 2021
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 31, 2021
Unless your daughters tell you to go to Cancun pic.twitter.com/iq2bqaaLda
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) August 31, 2021
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) August 31, 2021
Unless it’s cold and your kids really want to get tan. https://t.co/zzJF3BcblV
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) August 31, 2021
— chest out, chin up (@Dudwiser) August 31, 2021
ted cruz is such a fucking joke it’s crazy. mf you left Americans behind going to Cancun. the right just continues to contradict itself every step of the way https://t.co/bHFUDwMWDC
— claire (@clairerose09) August 31, 2021
Sir…you went to Cancun. https://t.co/E6BU3IMgbQ
— Miss Aja (@brat2381) August 31, 2021
— Christian RuizDiaz (@chrisrd05261) August 31, 2021
YOU LITERALLY LEFT YOUR ENTIRE STATE TO FREEZE IN A POWER OUTAGE SO YOU COULD GO TO A RITZ CARLTON IN MEXICO.
AND THEN YOU LIED AND TRIED TO BLAME YOUR CHILDREN WHEN YOU GOT CAUGHT. https://t.co/2CYJ3j7KF8
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 31, 2021
And THAT's why Ted Cruz paid out of his own pocket to make sure every Texan had a First Class ticket to Cancun during last year's snow storm! https://t.co/y7bNspwUnV
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) August 31, 2021
It's also horrifying and wrong when a Senator panics over a collapsed privatized electric grid, hears his constituents freezing and begging for help, and solves that problem by having Houston police push people out of the way so he and his family can board a plane to Cancun. pic.twitter.com/JH5ynHeo47
— Jay Barker (@buf2srq2) August 31, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.