By Michael Patrick, Ph.D.
America’s present leaders are such an odd bunch. For example, from this morning’s headlines:
Word has it that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.-Ca.) blocked the honorary reading of the names of the 13 American servicemen blown up in Kabul into the Congressional record on the U.S. House floor.
Then, this gem attributed to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roger Parodo Maurer:
The Department of Defense already knew who the bomber was ahead of time, before the bombing, and when and where the Kabul attack would occur. They had a Predator drone lock on the suicide bomber, but that Command’s request to fire was denied permission to take the guy out. Why? “Because we are in this process of negotiating with the Taliban who aren’t even in control of their own government or their own people.” Leadership didn’t want to upset the Taliban.
For the history books, America illustrates how a barbaric 7th century army strips a modern military force of all its armaments, armored vehicles, and aircraft at Bagram Airbase and sends them in a mad scramble home, leaving hundreds of citizens scattered like litter behind them. Let the hostage negotiations begin.
From a strictly leadership perspective, this may only be described as “withdrawal” in a polite sense. This is what you might fairly identify as an unequivocal mindset of defeat.
Then again, wars today are not made to win. Wars are designed to spend. What next flows from such leadership thinking will no doubt prove truly inspiring.