Remember how the news media defended Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley when he was excoriated over defending Critical Race Theory? Did they defend his war record? His time in the infantry? Nope. They quickly pointed out that he is Ivy League educated. As if somehow being from the Ivy League automatically makes you a good general.
But, but, how dare you attack this man! He went to Princeton and Columbia!
And, see, this is the problem with our foreign policy establishment. From the State Department to the Pentagon to the Intelligence Community, it is populated by Ivy League faculty lounge academics.
And while Ivy League academics may be good at formulating theories and quashing all debate, they aren’t especially skilled at taking the bull by the horns when the ugly face of reality rears its head.
This is why, when confronted with tenth century barbarians, the best our diplomats can muster are pleading tweets demanding that the Taliban respect #HumanRights.
It’s why the State Department offers mewling requests that the Taliban form an “inclusive” government.
When dealing with barbarians, you don’t send strongly written statements to the United Nations Security Council as Biden’s UN Ambassador, former college professor Linda Thomas-Greenfield did.
Like I said the other day, this is the Taliban we’re talking about, not the staff at the Brookings Institute.
It’s as if these Ivy League faculty lounge academics have no earthly idea what the real world is like.
Then again, who can forget the famous #BringBackOurGirls Twitter diplomacy of the Obama Administration? As if the monsters of Boko Haram would see those tweets and say, “Fellas, Jen Psaki tweeted a picture of herself holding a sign with a hashtag on it. We better free all those sex slaves and send them back to their families!!”
Today, the White House released a joint statement from a bunch of countries calling on the Taliban to protect the rights of women and girls.
Yeah. That ought’a do it.
Sure, they couldn’t be stopped as they plowed into Kabul, but a firmly written joint statement from a bunch of countries they probably couldn’t identify on a map will definitely get them change their evil ways.
Say, did you ever see the 1951 movie “The Thing from Another World?”
A scientific outpost in the Arctic detects the crash landing of some sort of vessel. A group of Air Force personnel, led by Captain Pat Hendry, fly up to check it out and they discover frozen at the end of the crash site a very large saucer-shaped object. Further away, they find the frozen body of a very large humanoid creature. So they remove a block of ice around the body and take it back to the outpost.
Sadly, it thaws out.
The Thing from another world then terrorizes the folks while the Air Force guys try and figure out how to kill it. Meanwhile, the scientists discover that the creature is more similar to vegetables than human. Then the leader of the scientists, a Dr. Carrington convinces his fellow white coats that they could learn from the creature and study him.
Captain Hendry and his men figure out that the best way to kill him is cook him like a veggie, so they set up an elaborate trap that would electrocute the creature. But the misguided faculty lounge academic Dr. Carrington tries to stop them.
Think of the Thing as the Taliban and Dr. Carrington as the dopes in the Biden Administration. And you’ll understand why I bring it up.
For the last week I’ve been watching America’s foreign policy “leaders” make mewling, begging statements “urging” and “condemning” and “calling on” the Taliban to do this and that, and I’ve thought of this clip.
Honestly, at this point, calling us a “Superpower” would be a bit of a stretch. A superpower doesn’t tweet out emasculated, mewling pleas to a group like the Taliban for crap’s sake.
Do these Ivy League faculty lounge academics really think this is effective?
Weak. They are all so stupidly, dangerously weak.
You think America’s enemies don’t see that weakness?
The man at the top is a slobbering, doddering old codger whose brain is turning to mash and the people surrounding him are white paper theoreticians and academics without the common sense God gave a goat.
Our generals act like gender studies majors from Oberlin — hyper-focused on “White Rage” and “Inclusiveness.” So much so they can’t even effectively draw up a plan to leave Afghanistan that includes the all-important “Don’t leave Americans behind” caveat.
Since we’ve been discussing leaving Afghanistan for YEARS, you would think these guys would already have written up a number of plans for every possible contingency. How the hell did they got caught off guard by a bunch of tenth century throwbacks in sandals?
Yesterday after Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admitted that they don’t even know the locations of the American citizens still inside Afghanistan, Jesse Kelly tweeted “I bet if you asked John Kirby how many trans people we have in the military he could answer it without even looking it up.”
Why is it someone like me, whose only intel was gleaned from reading foreign reports on the Taliban’s advances over the last four months, knew this was coming and these highly educated Ivy League faculty lounge academics did not?
How do you think America’s allies felt hearing Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Jen Psaki and the rest of the Administration’s faculty lounge blame our Afghan allies for the bungling mess the White House made of the withdrawal?
Do you think our allies in Taiwan or South Korea or Ukraine or anywhere else in the world feel confident that America will have their back? Or do you think they’re starting to wonder if America will cut and run, leave them to die, then blame them for getting themselves killed?
I doubt it will be of any comfort when, after they get invaded by Russia or North Korea or China, the US tweets out a message urging and condemning and calling on their invaders to respect #HumanRights.
Boy, I’m ranting here, aren’t I?
I’ll close with this. There is no more damning image to come out of this entire hideous mess than this one of a fleeing Joe Biden abandoning the podium on Monday without taking a single question from reporters:
It sums up everything about the Biden administration’s handling of this pull-out. Even more than the horrific images of Afghans falling through the sky to their deaths, this picture of a scampering Biden fleeing reporters’ questions to return to Camp David will haunt this Administration long after they leave office.
But it goes beyond that. That picture also encapsulates the entire Biden presidency thus far. As our border is overrun by illegals, as inflation grows worse and consumer prices grow higher, as our entire energy independence goes into the crapper (as the White House begs OPEC to save us), the President of the United States has turned his back on all of it and walks away to hide.
That’s what we’re dealing with here.
We have no Commander-in-Chief. We have no President.
Instead, as Biden hides like he’s in the witness protection program, we’re stuck with self-obsessed, narcissistic, navel-gazing Ivy League faculty lounge academics turning this once powerful nation into a laughing stock.
That “America is Back” “diplomacy” Joe Biden bragged about has been exposed as a clay-footed cabal of identity politics-driven academics who would be more suited for the Oberlin College student council than the within the government of a Constitutional Republic.
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