Pride cometh before a fall, and this summer we have seen that gay pride cometh before the fall of Afghanistan.
Just two months ago, the gay pride flag was flying jauntily over the US Embassy in Kabul. The State Department even sent out a tweet, the purpose of which was to reassure the most progressive segment of the American public that the Biden administration was on its side. Unfortunately, the Biden administration has proven to be very much not on the side of the Afghan people, whom it has dumped into the jaws of a dragon.
Today, some Taliban fighter is using that flag to clean his hindquarters, if he even cares enough about woke American chatter to know what it is. A thing that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, and the entire US State Department and Department of Defense don’t seem to get is that virtue signaling is hollow and pointless without virtue, and the mother of all virtues is courage. No courage to stick up for Western values, and Western values go poof.
Kabul fell in eight hours. Now there’s not much for us to be proud of in Kabul, or even in the Kabul US Embassy, a $700 million building that is now a playhouse for some of the world’s worst men. In Afghanistan, there is no gay pride. No women’s rights, either. No human rights, just total submission to medieval barbarism or (feel free to choose more than one option from the Taliban menu) rape, torture and murder. Where’s the Shame Flag?
Defense and State are supposed to defend and promote American values around the world, but mainly they’re engaged in internal trolling, lecturing Americans about our alleged moral deficiencies and shouting out propagandistic far-left buzzwords.
Sen. Tom Cotton, who served in the infantry in both Iraq and Afghanistan, noted this summer that he has received hundreds of complaints about ideological inculcation in the military. “One Marine told us that a military history training session was replaced with mandatory training on police brutality, white privilege, and systemic racism,” Cotton told Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. “Another servicemember told us that their unit was required to read ‘White Fragility’ by Robin DiAngelo which claims, and this is a quote, ‘white people raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist world view.’ ”
West Point cadets are being forced to attend classes on “Whiteness and white rage,” as though the soldier’s mission is not to protect the country from external threats but to search his own soul for microaggressions and cultural appropriation.
Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress in June, “I want to understand white rage, and I’m white” in the course of suggesting that this was the cause of the Capitol riot, which more temperate observers blamed not on toxic whiteness but on a few hundred amped-up Trump supporters.
Like the famous guns at Aqaba that Lawrence of Arabia correctly figured were pointing the wrong way, leaving the port shockingly vulnerable from the other direction, the attention of the Democratic Party has been focused all year on fellow Americans with whom they have trivial differences rather than on actual evildoers, the ones who sentence homosexuals to death by stoning.
Approaching all world actors as though they can be canceled by a Twitter mob is now entrenched in the Democratic imagination. Nancy Pelosi said Saturday, “The Taliban must know that the world is watching its actions. We are deeply concerned about reports regarding the Taliban’s brutal treatment of all Afghans, especially women and girls.” Take that, Taliban!