Is There a Bad Mood Rising for Biden -- and Us?
"April is the cruelest month," wrote T. S. Eliot in the opening line of what is regarded as his greatest poem, "The Waste Land."
For President Joe Biden, the cruelest month is surely August of 2021, which is now mercifully ending.
When has a president had a worse month?
On the last Sunday in August, Biden watched solemnly, hand over heart, as the coffins of the American dead in the Kabul airport terrorist massacre of Thursday were carried off the plane at Dover.
The American dead had been carrying out an evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies from America's lost war, a defeat dealt to us by the same Taliban we ejected from power in 2001 for providing sanctuary for the al-Qaida terrorists of 9/11.
We have lost our longest war, and the triumphant Taliban are now back in power and presiding over and assisting our departure from Kabul.
When the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete Tuesday, the fate of the hundreds of U.S. citizens and thousands of Afghan allies we leave behind will be decided by the jihadists we have been fighting for two decades.
Throughout the Biden presidency, we will be reading of, hearing of and being witness to the evidence of their fates.
That same noon hour on Sunday that Biden honored the fallen at Dover, Hurricane Ida was coming ashore. Ida's 150-mile-an-hour winds were raking the same Louisiana coast that Hurricane Katrina hit 16 years ago.
By nightfall Sunday, a million residents in and around New Orleans had lost all power, for days and perhaps for weeks.