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Sen. Tom Brewer

District 43

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08-13-2021 Weekly Update
September 8th, 2021

The US Afghanistan policy is collapsing with frightening speed. In recent days I have watched in stunned amazement as the Biden administration pleads with the Taliban to not attack our embassy in Afghanistan. I am reminded of my many friends I left in that tortured little country. The Tajik tribe in Afghanistan is of Panjishir Province. No invader has ever captured it in over a thousand years. The Tajiks are fierce warriors. There are countless unmarked graves in Panjishir containing a Russian or Taliban foolish enough to come there over the years. Of all the tribes of the Afghans they were our most loyal and strongest ally. They even warned us of 9/11 before it happened. We have betrayed our best and most capable ally at a moment in history when we need them the most. I am very worried this amateur-hour retrograde operation our military is doing is going to get a lot of people killed, and I’m just sick about it. 

President Biden has ordered 3,000 soldiers and marines to evacuate the embassy in Kabul. I am very concerned about this mission. Our military presence, even with these additional troops, is a tiny fraction of the combat power we once had. We do not control the territory around an airfield anymore. I cannot fathom how this military force is going to provide for its own defense, let alone provide force-protection for the evacuation of over 4,000 civilians at the embassy. How long before a C-17 cargo plane at maximum passenger capacity (100-ish) is shot down? 

While these woke military officers in charge are trying to figure out which pronoun or bathroom soldiers should use, the Chinese are about to give diplomatic recognition to the Taliban. Lets pray that doesn’t include a shipment of surface-to-air shoulder-fired missiles. The people we have running things over there are about to put a lot of America’s sons and daughters in mortal danger. 

The Taliban are utterly ruthless and barbaric. Their ancient militant species of Islam is incompatible with the modern world. They should’ve been destroyed by force of arms long ago. 

Instead we decided to give breathtaking amounts of money to the military industrial complex to explore other reasons to continue our presence there. The briefest examination of human conflict teaches us that the absolute best way to put a swift end to armed conflict and set the most favorable conditions possible for lasting peace is by total, unconditional, victory. Close with and destroy the enemy by way of combined arms fire and maneuver until they unconditionally surrender. Peace is impossible without having a clear winner. Unfortunately, we haven’t had the national will to fight a war like that since WWII. 

Victory is the one and only morally correct objective of warfare. Anything less, like trying to create a 21st century Jeffersonian Democracy in a tribal culture struggling to pull themselves out of the 12th century is just wrong. George Washington warned us to avoid “foreign entanglements” in his farewell speech. 

Given the appalling leadership I’ve seen so far, there is a very real possibility things in Afghanistan could go horribly wrong in a big hurry. May the lord watch over and protect America’s military. 

Sen. Tom Brewer

District 43
Room 1423
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2628
Email: tbrewer@leg.ne.gov
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