11 Days ago I posted on the Fall of Afghanistan. I seldom comment on current events and assumed that having written on it, things would continue apace and other than a colossal embarrassment and the effective change in the world order, there was not much more to write on and I could go on to something less depressing.
I was wrong.
As I write this, 13 US Service members have died and 18 are wounded, plus civilians (an early count was 43 killed and 130 injured; I presume both counts will go higher) due to a suicide bomb. A second car bomb went off elsewhere in the city. A US General has reached out to the foes they were fighting weeks ago - the foes they have been fighting for 20 years - to "make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us." There is the assumption - and fear - that the attacks will continue. The theoretical leaders of the Current Administration struggle to make updates to the people they supposedly serve: in a moment when they should be actively and frequently talking to the citizenry, they say nothing or try their best to appear as infrequently as possible.
It is Götterdämmerung.
I understand that I could be accused of hyperbole - after all, although this is terrible event or series of events, this is hardly the end of the country. The lights still went on this morning and will likely go on tomorrow. The economy will still be there. My oatmeal and yogurt will be ready for me when I eat them in the morning.
All true of course. But beyond the true casualties - the military and civilian dead and the images that will undoubtedly appear of those who could not make it out but will serve as useful pawns for The Orcs (I will not name them) that have overrun Afghanistan - the remaining casualty is the legitimacy of this Administration and its government.
If it is not clear now, it will soon become so that the ongoing series of action which at best are pointless and at worst counterproductive indicate that there is literally no-one of any sense or capability at the helm. Our enemies have been emboldened past any sane point of reason.
The US will act? By doing what? Sending a few troops and then begging to not be attacked? Say they will support us and then flee in the middle of the night? The United States has become the lowest cow on the herd order, to be bullied and pushed by anyone and everyone. Our allies look on with a mixed wonder and horror at what we have become, our enemies rejoice at what we have become, and apparently our leaders have no idea what we have become.
But set aside military action for a moment. Human rights? You have enabled by your actions the takeover by the Orcs whom have made very clear - as they are doing now - how they view human rights. Any and all complaints and excoriations coming from the government or the Current Administration will simply be words, vacuous protestations without anything behind them. Their attempts at home to enforce what they subjected people to abroad will stand as a rebuke from this time forward.
Finally, of course, is the domestic chaos. Domestic, you ask? This has happened far and away - how does it impact the domestic? Simply put, by demonstrating their complete and utter ineffectiveness - indeed, their fecklessness and mendacity - they have shown they should not be put in charge of anything. Infrastructure? Health Mandates? Business? Borders? Can anyone in their right mind believe that having failed abroad so completely, they will do any better here?
In two weeks, an entire era and belief in a system has been gutted. Whatever comes after this - when the bodies have been returned and the wounded, healed in body but not perhaps in mind, are integrated into society, and the horrific videos of the work of the Orcs is put out for the world to see - it will not be the country that I either grew up in or even knew in the last 20 years. It will be a rapid shell of top level failure and ineffectiveness attempting to prove it is still what it always was.
I wonder, this time, if everyone else will play along.