Shame

As of midafternoon on Thursday, several hours after the killing of innocents began, Joe Biden still had not addressed the nation to mourn the devastating loss of life—including at least 12 American troops—from terror attacks near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

His lengthy absence on the deadliest day for the U.S. military in a decade was in sharp contrast to his conduct on January 6, 2021. Shortly after 4 p.m. that day, less than two hours after the start of the raucous protest, Biden gave a speech from his home in Delaware.

Fuming with rage, Biden spoke for more than eight minutes. “Our democracy is under unprecedented assault, unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times,” Biden ranted. “This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition. It’s insurrection.” The words of a president, Biden said, can inspire. “They also can incite.” He demanded that President Trump “go on television now . . . and demand an end to this siege. Step up.”

“The world is watching,” Biden warned.

The world is watching now, too. The world has been watching as this fast-moving catastrophe reached its inevitable apex on Thursday when at least two suicide bombings took the lives of 11 Marines and one Navy corpsman, wounding at least a dozen more servicemembers. The situation undoubtedly will worsen while thousands of American troops remain in a country now run by terrorists ostensibly to defend a country now run by an incompetent, and largely AWOL, commander in chief. (Biden finally took the podium around 5:30 p.m.)

The difference between Biden’s MIA routine on Thursday versus his quick reaction on January 6 is representative of how his administration has handled the first seven months of his term. While legitimate terror threats fester overseas, Biden and his top military, intelligence, and law enforcement officials have fixated on the brief disturbance on Capitol Hill on January 6.

Instead of focusing on his job, Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has played politics since before Inauguration Day. He issued a statement on January 13 signed by the head of each branch of the U.S. military to condemn the Capitol protest: 

The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process. We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection. On January 20, 2021, in accordance with the Constitution, confirmed by the states and the courts, and certified by Congress, President-elect Biden will be inaugurated and will become our 46th Commander in Chief.

Attorney General Merrick Garland compared January 6 to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people including more than a dozen children. He promised to make the Capitol breach probe his top priority as head of the U.S. Department of Justice. In June, Garland held a press conference to present the “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism,” an assessment that Biden ordered on his first day in office. “President Biden directed his national security team to lead a 100-day comprehensive review of U.S. Government efforts to address domestic terrorism, which has evolved into the most urgent terrorism threat the United States faces today,” the White House announced.

For months, the National Security Council worked on the 32-page report that offers little in terms of national security but lots of fodder for politicians and the news media to perpetuate the myth that “domestic terrorists” are the country’s greatest threat.

FBI Director Christopher Wray designated January 6 as an act of “domestic terrorism.” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines warned in March that “domestic violent extremists” pose a heightened threat to the homeland.

And as the Taliban was taking over Afghanistan just a few weeks ago, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security issued another post-January 6 bulletin

These [terrorism] threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.

But guess what? Despite all these breathless warnings, all the hype, all the official bulletins and assessment, nothing has happened. Since January 6, domestic terrorists have not attacked America. White supremacist militia men have not taken hostages or attempted to overthrow the government or threatened lawmakers. Violent extremists, code for Trump supporters, have not killed one person in a “domestic terrorist attack” since January 6.

What a waste. What a joke. What an outrage.

Thanks to the collective negligence of Biden and his regime, and their shameless politicking, Afghanistan is in complete chaos, young Americans are dead, and Afghan civilians are in mortal danger. Our country is far less safe than it was just a few weeks ago. The long term consequences of not just their complete failure in Afghanistan but their obsession with January 6 and imaginary “domestic terrorists” will be deadly.

Shame on them.

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President. Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. She is the co-host of ‘Happy Hour podcast with Julie and Liz.’ She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

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