By Colonel (R) Mark S. Robertson, Candidate for Nevada’s Third Congressional District
After 30 years in the military and combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, I know what good leadership looks like – this isn’t it. President Biden is no leader. His failed leadership has left a wound on two countries that may never heal.
No one expects a President to be perfect. Everyone knows that humans make mistakes. However, true leaders take responsibility for their mistakes and learn from them. In the very few times that President Biden has been seen since the disaster in Afghanistan, he has vacillated from blaming others to stating that everything went just as he anticipated. No accountability. No lessons learned.
Let’s examine just one of several disastrous decisions: Closing Bagram Air Base before evacuating civilians. Bagram Air Base was more secure than Fort Knox (I’ve been to both multiple times). Does Biden take responsibility for making this decision? Absolutely not. He says he was just taking the recommendation of the military. Military leaders dispute this.
It appears that Biden is incapable of learning lessons about how to remove Soldiers from a combat zone. It was the Obama/Biden administration’s faulty plan to leave Iraq which allowed ISIS to capture large swaths of Iraq and Syria – almost exactly like the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Apparently, Biden learned nothing from his prior mistakes.
The catastrophically bad decision to close Bagram may be the single biggest blunder in all military history. Look at the consequences of that decision. (Consequences that Biden says he knew would happen because “they were inevitable”). Closing Bagram took away NATO’s center of power in the Country. It demoralized the Afghan security forces by sending a message that we are abandoning them. It doomed thousands of civilians to be stranded in a country now ruled by terrorists. It left world-class military facilities and equipment to the Taliban. By leaving in the middle of the night without notifying the Afghan Government, it delegitimized the government.
What was Biden’s response? He blamed the Afghan government whom he delegitimized. He blamed the Afghan security forces whom he demoralized. He blamed US Military leaders whom he commands. He blamed civilians whom he claims do not want to leave Afghanistan. He blamed President Trump who has been out of office for seven months. It appears that Biden will not allow any “buck” to stop with him.
So, where does this leave us? Many people are calling for Biden to resign or be impeached. That is a scary proposition. Kamala Harris won’t even accept the challenge to address the crisis on our Southern border. She is no leader. She has no qualifications to be the Leader of the Free World. Biden, himself told us that he chose her as his running mate because of her gender, race, and national origins – hardly qualifications to serve as Commander-in-Chief.
At this point, the best we can do is to pressure Congress to exercise their Constitutional duty to “check” the executive branch. We must reign in this weak President. Unfortunately, the Democrats have a monopoly of power in Washington DC. Although many of them are criticizing President Biden now, it is not likely that they will hold the so-called “leader” of their party accountable.
Only voters can hold this President accountable. This means we must take back Congress in next year’s elections. We must all get involved and stay active in defending our Nation from leadership we can’t count on or trust. Our country, our future, and the world are looking to you, the voter, to correct this Presidents failed leadership.
CANDIDATE FOR NEVADA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3, COLONEL (R) MARK ROBERTSON
Mark Robertson served in the Army for 30 years. He enlisted as a Private at age 17 and retired as a Colonel. He has deployed to ten foreign countries, including combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. He is the only candidate for CD-3 who has lived in the district since before it was even formed. Mark is a fiscal conservative who holds an MBA in finance. He is a husband (of 39 years), a working-father, grandfather, business owner and Bronze-Star decorated War Veteran. When Mark enlisted in the Army, he swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies.” That oath never expires. That is why he is running for Congress. Visit RobertsonforCongress.com for more information.