The Shirking of Duty
We’re finally through another week. It’s been a fruitful one for me, and I hope it’s been profitable for you, as well.
Yesterday, I was able to take my eye off the Bidenball for a moment, but we’re still not done with his maneuvers or lack thereof.
Sitting in The Bank in Singapore
About eight years ago, I was sitting in one of my favorite bars in Singapore, The Bank.
Lamentably, it’s become yet another casualty of the overdone lockdowns.
But when it first opened, it was overflowing with, you guessed it, bankers after a long day’s slog in front of their computers.
Ideally situated just off Shenton Way, across the street one way from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the other way from Citi, Deutsche Bank, and UBS, it was a great hotspot.
The decor was created from the old Singapore currency. You can see it behind the bar in the picture above.
I recall this particular time because my good friend, the Duke of Omata, left me waiting.
I didn’t mind as I had my iPhone in hand and could read to my heart’s content.
And then, The Yank.
The Yank was unfortunately the typical American one thinks of when traveling. Talking too loudly, bragging to impress foreign women, wearing white socks with shorts(!), this Yank, well, exactly fit that bill.
I tried to put him out of my head, but then he mentioned his passport.
As I had just renounced my citizenship, my ears naturally pricked up.
Here’s my take, straight from my Facebook account:
I thought that dude was an idiot then. Today, many Americans stuck in Afghanistan join me in my assessment.
Boots Still On The Ground
Right at the top of my Google search for “shirking duty” is this:
To shirk your responsibilities is to avoid dealing with them — like when you watch four consecutive hours of infomercials instead of facing your homework. A verb is an action word, so it’s ironic that the verb shirk suggests inaction in the avoidance of work. To shirk carries with it a negative connotation of laziness.
If this doesn’t describe what the current Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces is doing, I don’t know what does.
His Vice President allegedly won’t talk to the press because Biden “is not pinning this shit on me.”
Heck, even his press secretary has taken the week off!
It’s an astounding dereliction of duty to US citizens – especially those in that godforsaken country, the US Armed Forces, and to US allies.
How many Americans are still there?
Incompetence, though distasteful, is somewhat forgivable. But ignoring your job while being incompetent? That’s another matter entirely.
When asked how many Americans are still in Afghanistan, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said, “I don’t know.”
Obviously, the US Army is no longer in charge. That’s a shame because bottlenecks are keeping many people from being evacuated, including Taliban checkpoints and the time it takes the U.S. to screen people at the airport gates.
It’s ludicrous that American citizens weren’t evacuated before we got all the equipment. Oh wait, never mind. We left the Taliban all our military equipment anyway.
As seen on Facebook earlier today:
At least Creepy Joe is talking to us, keeping us fully informed about the situation, right?
Biden Goes AWOL
The Constitution deliberately makes treason hard to prove because the Founding Fathers didn’t want America to turn into Europe. And, of course, real citizens always question their governments, not blindly follow them.
But Demented Joe is stretching this assumption to the limit.
Do I think Hunter Biden’s laptop – sorry, now two laptops – have compromised the President? My guess, for that’s all it really can be, is yes. Just seeing Hunter with a crackpipe in his mouth is enough to send any father’s bowels running.
But do I think he’s a traitor?
Is he fit for office?
I thought he was an idiot for at least 30 years. But his first six months in office demonstrates he’s not fit for the highest office in the land.
But don’t take my word for it.
“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says of President Joe Biden in his book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.
Gates later said:
I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military. So how he would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just — I think, it — it would depend on the personalities at the time.
In the same article, Gates said that while Biden is easy to like, he questioned how his age might factor into his ability to run the country, saying that older individuals don’t necessarily have the energy or mental acuity required of a president.
Bob, you’re looking like a genius!
Parliament Holds the President in Contempt
It’s hard to get worked up over how the Brits feel about America, but I remind you they’re the ones constantly at America’s side, right or wrong. Ok, except for Vietnam.
Not only has Biden seriously damaged his credibility, but he might have put the kibosh on the current British government, who backed him to the hilt.
Remember, Boris Johnson is a Conservative (but governs like a Socialist – the left/right demarcation line in Europe is different than the States).He was happy to dispose of his relationship with Donald Trump because soy-drenched Brits hated his guts, even though Trump backed the UK for Brexit and moved them to the “front of the queue” for a free trade deal.
I’d be happy with Boris getting it in the neck after the way he handled the lockdowns, to be honest.
Here’s the bigger problem:
An unnamed cabinet minister tells the Times [of London] the US failure to realize that Afghanistan was on the brink of collapse shows that America is “looking inward and is unwilling to do even a modest amount to maintain global order.”
This is why I think we will have some significant strategic maneuvers over the next year or three.
- If I were Europe, I’d start looking at building a constructive relationship with Russia.
- If I were Taiwan, I’d start to worry about a Mainland invasion.
- If I were Latin America, I’d start to plan for a Brazilian regional hegemony.
- If I were Africa, I’d link up with Europe as much as I can.
- If I were Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, I’d seriously look at CANZUK.
This may be a moment as resonant for the US as Afghanistan was for the Soviet Union.
As always, start preparing now.
But first, have a wonderful weekend!
All the best,