Reno Gazette Journal September 19, 2021 https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/columnists/2021/09/16/drama-disaster-under-eight-months-sam-kumar/8357657002/
Monday marks eight months of the Biden administration and just about everything the president has touched is an absolute disaster. Let’s look at some of the major areas where the president has failed.
Afghanistan: Americans have been left behind. Incompetence led to thirteen American (and hundreds of Afghan) lives lost. Afghans who stood side by side and helped our armed forces and intelligence officers have been betrayed. $86 billion of our high-tech military equipment has been left behind for China and Russia to reverse-engineer. Yet, President Biden and his minions brag about 120,000 people being evacuated.
Let’s look at the 120,000 evacuees. Out of the 120,000 people, 5,500 are Americans. Were the other 114,500 people Afghan translators and their families? Either we assigned dozens of translators for every military team or we just picked up anyone who is willing to get on a plane to run up the score. Which one is it? Oh… and now we don’t know who we blew up with a Hellfire missile during the hasty retreat. Was it a terrorist? Was it an aid worker? Unknown at this time. So much for “over the horizon” certainty.
COVID: During the campaign, Biden promised that he would ”shut down the virus”. As candidates, Biden and Kamala Harris both expressed significant skepticism of the vaccine. Now that they are in office, everyone should forget their past skepticism and go get vaccinated? Oh, yes, his vaccination mandate is “going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers”. Huh?
Economy: Under Biden’s budget plan, public debt will go from $21 trillion in 2020 to $40 trillion in 2031. Inflation is soaring. A quick trip to the gas station, the grocery store or Home Depot will confirm that. Biden claims that more government spending will curb inflation. I wonder if he thinks that eating more will mitigate obesity. In many cases, Biden administration pays more to stay home than to work. It should come as no surprise that job openings currently outnumber unemployed by more than two million. Labor shortages are popping up everywhere. On top of all of that, real weekly earnings fell by 0.9% from August 2020 to August 2021. In short: A smaller economy with fewer workers.
Foreign policy: As vice president, Biden opposed the raid that killed bin Laden. When Trump killed Soleimani, Biden said Trump “just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox”. Since Biden assumed office, China has lectured us on human rights. North Korea has launched missiles. The hasty Afghanistan retreat has created a power vacuum for China, Russia and Iran to exploit. To quote Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
One final point: This administration has been an unmitigated disaster in every single way. As I wrote in July, the southern border is a mess. The Middle East is ablaze as Hamas terrorists funded by Iran are waging a war against Israel. Iranian Navy vessels are taunting U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Violent crime is skyrocketing in various major cities.
Americans have taken note of this mess. Biden’s net approval has dropped by over 20% since April. Students, Biden’s prime constituency, are chanting “F#*k Joe Biden” at college football games. Biden has united Yankees and Mets fans as they went with the same chant. Marchers organized by Teachers for Choice in New York City also chanted the same slogan. As I have admitted in the past, Trump created too much drama. With Biden, we have gone from drama to disaster in under eight months.