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Taliban Cops Aren't as Bad as American Cops

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Journalism needs a new rule. Are you reporting about a human rights violation in another country? If the United States commits the same offense, you should be required to refer to that fact in your article or broadcast.

Criticizing how a nation treats its prisoners or responds to internal dissent implies that the behavior being discussed falls ...Read more

Democrats Share the Blame for Afghanistan

From the Left / Ted Rall /

President Joe Biden is taking heat from Democrats, not for his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan -- that's popular -- but for his haphazard pullout that, self-serving Rumsfeldian "stuff happens," "wars end messily" platitudes aside, could have been executed more efficiently. They blame George W. Bush for starting America's longest war, ...Read more

20 Years After 9/11, We're Still Morons

From the Left / Ted Rall /

If crisis creates opportunity, we couldn't possibly have squandered the possibilities presented by 9/11 more spectacularly. We certainly couldn't have failed its tests more completely. Twenty years after 9/11, it is clear that the United States is ruled by idiots and that we, the people are complicit with their moronic behavior.

"We had to do...Read more

The Collapse of the U.S. Government

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Taxes are the price we pay for government. But a government that doesn't provide basic bureaucratic services is no government at all, and it doesn't deserve our tax dollars.

Afghan translators and others who worked for the U.S. military, American journalists and nongovernmental organizations aren't Americans and don't pay taxes, but the U.S. ...Read more

What Will the Taliban Do? It's Up To Us

From the Left / Ted Rall /

How will the Taliban govern Afghanistan? It may be up to us.

The U.S. is out, but what the Biden administration and its Western allies do in the weeks and months ahead will have a big influence on whether the Central Asian country reverts to the insular, medieval barbarism of the 1990s or modernizes in order to conform to major international ...Read more

Celebrate the Heroes Who Warned Us That Afghanistan Would Be a Disaster

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Thousands of dead Americans, tens of thousands of dead Afghans, $2 trillion down the toilet, a Taliban victory that leaves America's international reputation in shambles. This disaster didn't happen by itself. Political and military leaders, aided and abetted by the news media, are responsible and should be held accountable. Voters let ...Read more

Stop Listening to the Pro-War Idiots Who Got Afghanistan Wrong

From the Left / Ted Rall /

You're going to read a lot of Afghan War postmortems in the coming days. Some have already been published.

Don't listen to anyone who was ever in favor of occupying Afghanistan. They were wrong for thinking that the United States could have won. They were stupid to think that invading Afghanistan would prevent another 9/11, a horror for which ...Read more

9/11 Had Nothing To Do With Afghanistan

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Better late than never: Most Americans now believe that invading Afghanistan was a mistake. But what good does it do to recognize a screw-up unless you learn from it?

Failure to understand what went wrong and why sets you up for doing the same thing later. That's what happened after Vietnam; rather than face the truth that we went there to prop...Read more

How To Stop the Next Stupid War Before it Starts

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Americans are politically fractured, but they agree that our longest war was a mistake. Seventy-seven percent of Americans, including many Republicans, told a recent CBS News poll that they agree with President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. That's a reversal from the conflict's early days, when between 85% and 90% of ...Read more

The Worst Countries for Women (Afghanistan Isn't on the List)

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Concern-trolling over the dismal plight of women in Afghanistan is powerfully appealing to liberals who look for reasons for the United States to maintain a military presence there. If and when the Taliban return to power, the warmongers argue, the bad, old days of stonings, burqas and girls banned from school will come back -- and it'll be our ...Read more

The Taliban's Dramatic Military Victory

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Now that President Joe Biden has pulled the U.S. military out of Afghanistan, it's clear that we have little to show for more than $2 trillion and thousands of soldiers killed over two decades of occupation. We will soon be back where we were on Sept. 10, 2001, when the Taliban governed Afghanistan.

Afghan government troops have neither the ...Read more

Abandon Afghanistan and Don't Look Back

From the Left / Ted Rall /

President Joe Biden deserves nothing but praise and support for his decision to honor America's commitment, which was negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban, to finally withdraw from Afghanistan. After more than 20 years of wasted lives, endless property damage and the squandering of billions of U.S. tax dollars that would ...Read more

When Will Politicians Start Caring About People's Actual Problems?

From the Left / Ted Rall /

When you crank out five editorial cartoons and a couple of opinion essays a week, not to mention opining on the radio about this issue and that, it is easy to forget about the basics.

The big issues.

The stuff that really matters to you. It's just as easy to forget to ask: What are our political leaders doing to address our most pressing ...Read more

 

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