CARMEL – Fill in the blank: According to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Joe Biden is a _____ (fool, idiot, cretin, moron, dolt, halfwit, dunce, dullard or imbecile). Score yourself 100 points if you said imbecile and 95 points if you chose one of the other synonyms for imbecile. 

Blair made this amazingly undiplomatic and rude summation of Biden after the president’s disastrous handling of the United States exit from Afghanistan and his completely tone deaf and clueless response to the international uproar caused by the unprecedented self-inflicted crisis.

Now I don’t normally agree with and quote someone who liked to fly on Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express, ala Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, but Blair’s bluntness speaks volumes about just how big a mess that the United States finds itself in.

Another British statesman summed up our current mess in Afghanistan quite well when talking about Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s disgraceful appeasement of Adolf Hitler after the 1938 Munich Agreement. Winston Churchill summed up his disgust with Chamberlain by famously saying, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.”  

This is the same situation that the United States faces today. We chose the dishonor of rushing our withdrawal from Afghanistan with little or no forethought invested in the process, abandoning our friends and allies along the way and now, according to numerous creditable foreign policy experts on both the left and right, we have now subjected our country to the very real dangers of increased terrorism and possible war.

To put it bluntly, we are swimming in a pool of excrement of our own creation and it did not have to happen. Like the current human crisis on our southern border, record inflation rates and soaring energy costs, this Afghanistan debacle can be squarely placed on the desk of President Joe Biden.

Just how out of touch with reality our president has become was painfully obvious in the photograph circulated by the White House press office that showed Joe Biden, while Kabul was being overrun, people being beaten and shot, Americans threatened and poor unfortunate souls tumbling thousands of feet from our rescue planes to their deaths, sitting alone at Camp David on a Zoom call with his national security team.  

Alone, not a single senior security advisor accompanied the president to Camp David. This tells me that not only is Joe Biden incapable of carrying out his duties as president, but that our entire national security apparatus is in desperate need of an overhaul from top to bottom. Perhaps if the entrenched apparatchiks in the national security establishment had spent more time doing their jobs and less time playing “gotcha” with President Donald Trump, they might have been of some service to their country.  

Make no mistake, although the buck for this mess stops squarely in front of the president, his intelligence advisors, foreign service professionals and Department of Defense experts all bear the mark of the Afghanistan beast. The heads of the national security advisor, the CIA director, the secretary of state and the secretary of defense should all roll for this unprecedented tragedy.

Four primary disasters have occurred because of Biden’s Afghanistan screw up. The first is the immediate chaos created by our hasty half-witted exit. Not only has the president imperiled thousands of American citizens trapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan, but he has also put into jeopardy the lives of many of our allies who have joined us in the Kabul Taliban jail.  

Just like in 1884 when the British forces, diplomats and their families became encircled in the Sudan, in the town of Khartoum, our citizens and allies now find their lives in the hands of the modern-day Mahdi of the Taliban, ISIS and Al Qaeda. Remember the anguish, fear and anger that you felt, if you were an adult at the time of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 when 52 hostages were tortured, mistreated, humiliated and paraded on television daily. We now have nearly 35,000 American citizens and unknown thousands of British, French, German and other allies in the exact same situation of encirclement.

In addition to our NATO and Western allies, we have countless Afghan friends and comrades who risked their lives and the lives of their families to help the American forces help them rebuild their country and bring freedom and basic human rights to a people long denied. While some of our Afghan friends may escape, I have no doubt that thousands will be tortured and killed as a result of our precipitous exit. For all of you feminists who voted for Joe Biden, congratulate yourselves for leaving the women and children of Afghanistan in the worst possible predicament that could happen.

The second disaster we face as a result of the Afghan disaster is the untold damage to our current relationships with our allies who followed us into Afghanistan. We asked or demanded their support as a litmus test of their resolve against international terrorism. They followed us and we have given them a fecal sandwich as their reward. Try putting that coalition together again anytime soon! If you have doubts, please see former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s analysis of our president.

The next disaster is the unspoken message sent to Japan, India, South Korea, Israel, Australia, the Ukraine, Poland and Taiwan about the reliability of friendship with the United States. No longer can Japan depend on the United States to support her in the event of conflict with China. The same is true for Taiwan, India and Australia. The Afghanistan message has been heard loud and clear by our friends around the world.  We can no longer count on the United States to act honorably and fulfill treaty commitments.

The final disaster created by our shameful conduct in Afghanistan is one that will haunt the United States and the rest of the world for decades to come. We entered Afghanistan to destroy the terrorist network of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda. After 20 years, over 2,000 lives lost, thousands of American sons maimed and $1 trillion spent, we now have a dominant, terrorist-friendly Taliban running Afghanistan, a rejuvenated Al Qaeda flexing its muscles and the seeds of a rebirth of ISIS firmly planted in fertile soil. In addition, we have left behind millions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry, aircraft and high-tech means of destruction that now will be used against the United States and our friends.

As a result of an unholy alliance of socialists, social engineers, corporate elitists, unproductive malcontents, complicit mainstream media outlets, dark state operators and never-Trumpers, we have been given the most unqualified, moronic, duplicitous, fallacious and bumbling president in our nation’s history.  

Joe Biden was allowed to run for president while hiding from the American public in his basement and now we must all pay for his incompetence and senility. Joe Biden has surrounded himself with advisors and an entourage that are more concerned with critical race theory, transgenderism, global warming, wealth gaps, political correctness and destruction of the American moral fabric than with defending our country against all threats foreign or domestic.  

A few hundred protestors who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 terrorized Biden, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and the New York Times while the real threat to our country, a disastrous rush to escape Afghanistan, was in full force. Shame on the enablers who have assisted the decline of our country and its humiliation at the hands of an enemy that is a living remnant of the Dark Ages. Joe Biden and his cabinet and allies must go and go now. They have failed to meet their constitutional duties and we have no further need for their lying, scheming ineptitude.  

I say to the current administration and its congressional leadership the words spoken by another Brit, Oliver Cromwell, who said in 1653 upon dismissing the Rump Parliament, “It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!”  

Dunn is the former Howard County Republican chairman.