America’s leaders have failed. The fall of Kabul and Biden’s incompetent and disorganized withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan combines the worst of all possible outcomes. The message at the White House should say “The Buck Stops Here,” but the Biden administration is sending a far different and tragic message: America’s enemies have little reason to fear us, and America’s allies have little reason to trust us.
When it comes to national security and protecting the American people, the knowledge and experience of our nation’s veterans is worth far more than the supposed “expertise” of our political leaders and foreign policy elite.
The disaster in Afghanistan brings to mind the chaotic fall of Saigon in 1975, but perhaps the stakes are even higher this time. With Biden in charge, if China attacks Taiwan, can Taiwan depend on America? With Biden in charge, if our adversaries like North Korea or Iran or Russia take threatening military action, can the American people depend on Biden to know what to do?
One online commenter, Jonathan Harbuck, said: “I was an Army cadet in 1975, when Saigon fell. All of our cadre had served in Vietnam, some multiple tours. Our Sergeant Major had been embedded with multiple ARVN units. The looks of humiliation and disgust I saw in these veterans’ faces I’ll never forget. I thought I’d never live to see it again, but I was wrong. This is shameful.”
And on the Coalition for American Veterans Facebook page, Blair Fedder commented: “Weakened and our troops’ morale annihilated. How to mess with a soldier’s mind. Biden at his worst. Imagine leaving armaments behind?… Madness.”
In past generations, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate included large numbers of military veterans. But the percentage of veterans in Congress has sharply decreased in recent years.
One thing’s for sure – we need more military veterans in Congress. For the sake of national security, for the protection of the American people, for sound military decisions, and for effective foreign policy, we definitely need more military veterans in Congress.
Our goal includes identifying key political races, and targeting those races to support veterans and pro-veteran candidates running for office. For the Coalition for American Veterans, as we look ahead to the 2022 elections, this will be our top priority.
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From Vietnam to Afghanistan, from Iraq to Korea, America’s veterans have been America’s foremost heroes. But in today’s divisive political climate, there are many danger signs. Some of our most cherished values are under attack. Have the efforts and sacrifices of generations of veterans been in vain?