Friday, August 27, 2021

Pres. Biden Trusting in "Chariots and Horses"

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Associated Press and other news organizations are reporting that "several Marines were killed and a number of other American military were wounded"--- as of yesterday. The reports keep changing as things on the ground keep changing.

The numbers are uncertain and fluid. And getting worse. We'll know more this morning than we knew last night. 

However, one thing appears to remain certain. 

President Biden has apparently chosen to trust the Taliban more than he trusts our military.

He reaffirmed yesterday that he will not change his August 31 deadline, and he's counting on the Taliban's support.

As it is written...he is "trusting in chariots and horses."

It's time for national soul searching.

Be informed, not misled.

President Biden is assuring the world that whatever may come, all American troops will be out of  Afghanistan by his deadline: August 31.

Conditions in Afghanistan are indescribable.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that he estimates there are less than 1,500 American citizens left in Afghanistan. The Daily Caller says according to their sources there are about 8,000 Americans remaining. Four times the number suggested by our State Department.

That number matters.

The State Department said this week they don't actually keep track of the number of Americans in the country at any given time.

Knowing the actual number of Americans in the country would, it seems, be very helpful to the president.

Bottom line:  Afghanistan is in complete melt-down chaos, our own military are now losing their lives, a number of Americans and Afghan allies seem certain to be abandoned on August 31, and President Biden continues to put his trust in the Taliban.

Yesterday we learned that a number of those Afghans who were killed by the suicide bombers were standing in sewage, knee deep, waiting in line to get into the airport for evacuation as promised by the U.S.

Originally, Biden said he wanted to get all the troops out of Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. After widespread criticism for attempting to use the anniversary for personal political grandstanding and giving Islamic terrorists a propaganda victory, Biden decided to accelerate the timeline to August 31.

He set the timeline, but now he claims the Taliban won't allow him to change it.

He has also blamed Trump.

When Biden explained that the Taliban was promising safe passage to the airport for Americans and Afghans who worked for the US, he was questioned as to why he would trust the terrorist group. He said, "The Taliban is going through sort of an existential crisis," while reassuring the press they would keep their word.

Senator Marco Rubio says, "Joe Biden's legacy as president will forever be disgraced, after leaving Americans in Afghanistan."

Why would he trust the Taliban rather than the US military?

The president has said history will deem his withdrawal efforts "logical" and "rational."

That's putting a lot of faith in a barbaric Islamic totalitarian regime that has a history of collaborating with terrorists that murder Americans.

Early reports suggest that it was ISIS suicide bombers that carried the bombs into the crowds yesterday, causing death and injury.

As of last night, 13 U.S. soldiers are dead, 90 other people dead, and 1540 are wounded by the suicide bombers.

Yesterday we learned the Biden administration actually gave the Taliban lists of U.S. names to "protect."

Did the Taliban let ISIS have these lists? Did they turn their head when the ISIS bombers filtered into the area where they detonated the bombs?

If this is true, any ordinary American has got to be asking, why did the Taliban allow that to happen after promising safe passage to the airport for American and Afghan evacuees? The answer is pretty clear---and it's not they didn't know it was happening.

It's time for national soul searching.

This week Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, published an article that caught my attention.

Titled, "It's Time for National Soul-Searching." The article reminds us that "After the attacks on our nation on Sept 11, 2001, President George W. Bush took to the airways to address the American people."

Speaking to a nation in shock, Pres. Bush cast what had occurred in terms of good and evil, saying "Today our nation saw evil."

He read from Psalm 23--"Even though I walk through the valley of death, I fear no evil for you are with me."

She noted that Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell Sr. picked up on the theme of good and evil, reward and punishment, and suggested we must look inside our nation as well as outside. "We must check ourselves."

I remember that very well. I'm sure you do as well.

Pat Robertson issued a press release that was picked up by the New York Times and other papers, that said: "In a country rampant with materialism, internet pornography and lack of prayer, God Almighty is lifting His protection from us." Falwell made similar statements.

Well. The pushback was very swift and very strong. Not from the left---that was expected. It was from the evangelical community. Even President Bush disavowed what they had said.

The Bush White House issued a statement saying: "The president believes that terrorists are responsible for these acts...He does not share those views, and believes those remarks are inappropriate."

Parker reminds her readers that the "pilots who flew those planes, transforming commercial airliners into lethal weapons, trained in our country."

"And," she notes, "while these preparations in our own back yard for what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, were taking place, the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was preoccupied, committing adultery in the Oval Office."

Today we find our country withdrawing from Afghanistan in despair, shame, and in the eyes of many, disgrace.

In 1796 our first President George Washington reminded his countrymen that theirs is a country rooted in eternal truth and warned about detaching from those truths and allowing the nation to deteriorate into raw politics.

Washington said this: 

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports...Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education ...reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

And he said, "It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government."

Parker is right. It's time for a national soul-searching.

Psalm 20:5-7:

"We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of the Lord our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all they petitions. Now know that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."

It's time for the people of God to awaken themselves, shake off the slumber and decide who we are going to trust.

President Biden has given us a clear look at what trusting in horses and chariots looks like. And the consequences that inevitably follow. 

Be Informed. Be Engaged. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant.