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The week another massive delusion was exposed


I know nothing about Afghanistan, but this is a blog sir:

(1) I don’t understand why people are treating the instantaneous collapse of the Afghani government and army as some sort of argument against Biden’s decision to abide by Trump’s negotiated agreement. Isn’t it just the opposite? If the whole enterprise has been revealed to be just another ideological Potemkin Village, maintained for 20 years now by the MIC and its countless rent seekers, isn’t that the most compelling possible reason for getting out immediately?

(2) It really is astounding how all the people who were totally wrong about everything keep getting invited on to the TV to tell us how we should all think about what’s happening now. This is the Blob, and you can’t reason with it, you can’t bargain with it, you can only surf over to ESPN and refuse to engage, even by proxy.

(3) One tiny silver lining here is the stark reminder to everyone of how terrible George W. Bush was, after several years of absurd nostalgia based on nothing but the fact that he isn’t a complete sociopath, unlike his immediate GOP successor to the office.

(4) One thing that progressives need to push back against hard is the right wing attempt to hijack this whole disaster into another episode of Dirty Foreigners Are Trying To Sneak Into America to Kill White People. This is especially true because Biden has been weak on immigration issues so far — an area where he apparently believes it’s possible to triangulate in some way that appeases reactionaries but is less brutal than Stephen Miller’s fascist fantasies.

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