By Michael W. Cutler, August 20, 2021
Joe Biden’s abysmal failures in Afghanistan reverberate around the world, dismaying freedom loving people and causing great consternation to America’s allies, while simultaneously handing a victory to the Taliban, giving America’s adversaries around the world, including vicious terrorists, cause for celebration and encouragement.
The United States military was sent into Afghanistan immediately after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 to hunt down those responsible for the devastating terror attacks and to deny al-Qaida and other terror organizations a safe haven and staging area from which the terrorists could launch additional terror attacks against the United States and its allies.
Ousting the Taliban from Afghanistan was a major element in what was billed as America’s “War on Terror.”
Biden’s loss of Afghanistan to the Taliban will reverberate around the world in many ways and for many years. America’s allies have to wonder if they could possibly count on America in a crisis. Clearly the people of Afghanistan who trusted our government have been abandoned by Biden and his administration. Many of these hapless Afghanis can expect unrelenting, severe and violent retribution from the Taliban.
The thing about trust is that once trust is lost, it is all but impossible to restore.
However, the so-called “War on Terror” should have also focused on America’s ability to prevent terrorists from entering the United States to carry out attacks within our borders in the first place.
Nevertheless, with the exception of President Trump, both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama repeatedly made the absurd claim that “We are fighting them (the terrorists) over there so that we won’t have to fight them over here.”
That wrong-headed and bogus claim ignores the first paragraph of the preface of the official report, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” which states:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
In addition to ceding Afghanistan to the Taliban and their terrorists allies, Biden has, since taking office, utterly ignored the findings, recommendation and, indeed, the warnings of the 9/11 Commission concerning the clear nexus between immigration and terrorism.
The anarchy on the southern border and the policies of the Biden administration to gut the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States undermines national security and public safety to an unprecedented extent, as I wrote about in my recent article, Biden’s Afghanistan Catastrophe Increases Terror Threat in US. The subtitle noted: Biden administration, meanwhile, focuses solely on “domestic extremists”.
This also prompted me to write, Biden Ends War On Radical Islamist Terrorists ‘Over Here’ and ‘Over There’.
Now the Biden administration is flying thousands of Afghani refugees to military bases around the United States. A critical issue that must be addressed is how these refugees will be vetted to make certain that terrorists and criminals have not embedded themselves within the thousands of Afghanis who are literally running for their lives.
The background of the Director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas causes me great consternation.
Mayorkas served as the Director of United States Citizenship (USCIS) and Immigration Services under the Obama administration where he was notorious for ordering the adjudicators to “Get to yes” and approve as many applications for various immigration benefits as possible ignoring potential fraud.
The 9/11 Commission, to which I testified, identified immigration fraud as a key method of entry and embedding for terrorists.
Pursuant to complaints filed by many beleaguered employees of USCIS the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found serious wrong doing by Mr. Mayorkas. I wrote about Mayorkas and his dubious past in my article, Biden’s DHS: Department of Homeland Surrender: Alejandro Mayorkas, architect of DACA, picked by Biden to head DHS.
As the 20 anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11 approaches, I remind you that just 19 hijacker/terrorists killed more people than were lost to the entire Japanese fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the death count from 9/11 continues to climb to this very day as more victims succumb to the toxins to which they were exposed when the Towers collapsed.
Hope is not a strategy and national Security and Americans’ lives must be the first priority of our government and not an afterthought.