This story was to be all about Afghanistan but all that could be said, is being said by the 24-hour news cycle. All that could be said about the President’s mental condition is being speculated about on T.V… The refugees’ plight is being shown in full color. So, let’s talk about America’s commitments.
“Nobody gets left behind.” This is of course a carry over from the military, primarily the Marines and Special Forces. It sounds great and is a real call to duty. But sometimes it is inconvenient and requires the people in suits to stick their neck out so it is good for the soldiers but maybe not for us the State Department or the Department of Defense HQ people. As long as we get our people out, we’re good. Regular folks are on their own, after all we are the important folks that have all the facts and have to make up for other’s mistakes.
The nice part is we can recommend anything but it’s the boots on the ground that have to make it happen. If they fail it is not our fault. We can promise a country or people anything but we do not have to make it happen. Things like “you help us and we will protect you.” “We have your back” Taiwan and Israel. It is a good thing we do not have to do the job as it looks tough.
Take the current situation in Afghanistan, all these Americans are all over the country and we can’t be expected to know where they are, yes, we checked them in to the country but they may have moved or something. Those that helped us, we have that list too but when we had to leave so quickly, someone must have left the lists behind by accident.
People left out in the country should have had an exit plan to get to our airport and when they get here, we give them free airfare. We know other countries are going out to get their people but we expect our people to at least make some effort to get here. We can’t be expected to do everything.
So that’s how it goes “Promises made, Promises kept”, (luckily kept by somebody else). Here at the State Department, we get to wear nice clothes and get high pay. We do not have to get down and dirty. Maybe sometimes we have to go to some terrible country and serve a few years but then we get the big jump because we are experienced. All that Jack Ryan stuff is phony we do not have to do anything like that.
We heard that some private groups are trying to get flights in to take people out. What an outrage we will handle the job and do not need outsiders. They are only showboating and do the thing Ross Perot did in Iran. Sure, they got a few out but we had to kiss up to Iran to make up for it. This State Department job is tough enough without interference. Out Moto is “We get to make promises, while other get the job done.”