The Taliban are now no longer a bunch of mountain-living goat-herders. They are a force to be reckoned with now, and they are well-armed with American technology – helicopters by the hundreds and all kinds of other weaponry that we will now have to deal with from a place of weakness.
The Taliban debacle is not just a minor loss in an area of the Middle East that has always been unstable. It is a strong green-light signal to all of the countries who have been pondering offensive attacks against their neighbors. They have no reason to be concerned about a strong United States of America. It will be surprising if China does not perform another act of aggression in the near future. North Korea may be emboldened. And other countries that have not been hotbeds of terror will probably now find themselves dealing with their own homegrown terror networks rising up against them like the Taliban.
The world is on the cusp of a more dangerous future. It will not be the Taliban that will probably lead wars against the West. But it will be similar minded groups that will probably rise up and not be worried about losing. After all, the big loser now appears to be the United States. The United States has one hope – a major change in Congress in 2022, and a change in the Oval Office in 2024. Barack Obama is now the closest thing to a 3rd term President in the United States. He is not in power, but he runs the show. Joe Biden is not cognitively capable to make major decisions alone. He is following orders and speaking based on habits of being a Senator for decades and a former Vice President. He will probably step down in the coming year and give way to the first woman President – Kamala Harris. It will be interesting to see if she makes any drastic changes or if she basically continues the line of Biden. But either way, it will be harder for her to do a worse job at the helm than good old Joe who is fast becoming the most unsuccessful President in modern times.