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It would seem that Joe is not wrong insisting that he was simply executing the agreement settled by Trump: an agreement that we can now infer included Taliban control of Afghanistan as well as diplomatic recognition (that's coming).

Obviously, the powers-that-be thought this was a good idea regardless of the person sitting in the Oval Office. The real question is why? Why surrender a key piece of real estate within striking distance of Iran and China (and of interest to Russia for pipelines)?

Americans are genuinely surprised that the Taliban conquered Afghanistan in six weeks. Perhaps that is because they believed the stream of evasion emanating from the government for an entire generation that the war against the Taliban had been won (or close to it) and the U.S. was simply taking its time leaving the country.

It would be easy to blame Joe Biden for condemning thirty-eight million Afghanis to a tyrannical future under Sharia law enforced by genocidal maniacs, but Biden simply played the last move that remained on the board. The game was started four presidents ago and each of them played moves toward the disastrous endgame for which Biden will take the blame.

 There is a pervasive belief among government skeptics that the United States has been formed into a corporation and is not subject to the will and laws of the people, but to external parties such as international banks and the Vatican. It is difficult to determine the origins of this belief, but I would place the genesis during the McCarthy Era when society bifurcated into the philosophically modern left and right factions that we know and hate today.

Who Could Blame Them?

As the federal government increased its powers over the states in the interest of national security during the burgeoning of the Cold War (sound familiar?), people began to be wary of the government’s intentions and actions – justifiably. The military was fighting pseudo-secret wars around the world, the CIA was performing unsanctioned drug trials on unsuspecting college students and trying – and failing – to subvert governments around the world they determined to be subversive (confused yet?). The CIA coined the term Conspiracy Theorist to discredit anyone who disagreed with the findings of the Warren Commission Report as a passive-aggressive way of establishing hegemony over information and public opinion (is a familiar theme emerging?)

Angel of the Lord: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Mary: “Okay, fine. But his middle name is going to be Harold and he will have his own angels.”

Now you know the rest of the story.

Teacher: "Johnny, where can you find the Pharaohs who were the oldest in Egypt when they were mummified?"

Johnny: "Heck, Teach. Everybody knows that – the Geezer Plateau!"