The twenty-first century has thus far been anything but convenient for the United States on many fronts, not the least important of which is its global military hegemony. Given the drastic new threats the greatest nation in history has faced over the past few decades, the current administration’s unilateral policy of cuts to military spending and restricting our global activities is nearly incomprehensible and extremely dangerous for our long-term interests. Furthermore, President Biden has already failed miserably in his only noteworthy military ‘accomplishment’ during his first year in office. This is no trivial matter; the fate of our nation hangs in the balance.
The Afghanistan debacle is certainly a good place to start as far as the military performance of the Biden administration is concerned. Recent polls show that as much as 70 % of Americans disapprove of the President’s handling of the withdrawal; there is a perfectly legitimate reason for this sentiment. This is the first time in American history that our great power has overseen as chaotic a pull-out as that from Afghanistan. Despite having over seven months to plan and prepare for the evacuation in advance, the actual process turned out to be as fragmentary and disorganized as humanly possible. It is now being brought to light that thousands of American and allied personnel working in the country were given no early warning of the evacuation whatsoever. In fact, almost all of those rescued boarded semi-official and poorly regulated flights from the Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, amidst crowds of unmanageable size. Furthermore, at least thirteen soldiers and countless civilians died in one single explosion on the airport, but still, hundreds were left behind with no hope of escape from Taliban rule. This utter failure has completely shocked American people at home and our allies abroad, seriously undermining confidence in our military capabilities and our ability to successfully intervene in overseas conflicts in the future. Even worse, the Biden administration has clearly shown its intentions with regards to the global role of the United States by undercutting both the number of active-duty personnel and the disposable military budget during its first fiscal year. The nominal increase in the overall defense spending does not even account for the annual inflation for 2021, which puts us in an extremely precarious situation, given the ever-growing assertiveness and re-invigoration of the Chinese and Russian behemoths. This should be a time of unprecedented technological investment in the military to outpace our emerging rivals, but instead, the Biden administration has not only failed to act in this direction, but actively opposed it in effect.