Everything Comes Back to ‘Gun Control’

H/T JPFO.

 

‘Gun control’ organizations have a long history of pandering to advance their objectives. This is only necessary because the American people have an even longer history of rejecting ‘gun control’. We’ve seen professional ‘gun control’ activists try to tie their agenda to everything from COVID-19 to racism, and now they’ve pulled “police reform” under their ever-widening umbrella of “gun violence.”

Shannon Wattstold Fortune magazine last summer that “police violence is gun violence.” Protests calling for police reform last summer dominated headlines for months; it was only natural for Watts and other professional ‘gun control’lers to tie themselves to the George Floyd tragedy, though it had literally nothing to do with firearms.

The roots of ‘gun control’ are found in disingenuity. The anti-gun movement has called for the disarmament of law-abiding civilians for decades. The original goal was to ban handguns, but the American public rejected the notion of demonizing and banning handguns so gun grabbers pivoted to semi-automatic rifles.

‘Gun controllers’ created a false narrative around semi-automatic rifles, concocted a scary name, and hoped they could scare the American public into submission. They, of course, hoped to use a ban on rifles to condition Americans to later accept a ban on handguns. Most anti-gun organizations have abandoned public calls for banning handguns from law-abiding civilians, although that likely remains their ultimate goal.

Bans on so-called assault weapons are often written as broadly as possible to outlaw as many firearms as possible. Perhaps this is why President Biden’s nominee for ATF Director – and Giffords Center lobbyist – David Chipman refused to define “assault weapon” during his nomination hearing before ultimately offering a definition that goes beyond even European Union-style ‘gun control’.

Often, both in the past with handguns and currently with so-called “assault weapons,” these extremists have argued that the firearms they wish to ban should not be in the hands of civilians. They either state that the guns are only suitable for agents of the government, such as military and law enforcement, or imply as much. Most ‘gun control’ measures – even in states like California and Massachusetts that receive high ‘gun control’ grades from Senator Mark Kelly’s ‘gun control’ organization – exempt law enforcement and military personnel from the restrictions.

Now, professional ‘gun control’ is willing to sell out even the police to bolster their anti-American agenda. The real question, though, is what do efforts to reform police procedures have to do with promoting ‘gun control’?

Nothing, really, but that doesn’t stop groups like Giffords and Everytown from trying to pander to groups that do support such measures, hoping that the support that is rapidly fading for ‘gun control’ will be bolstered by support from the anti-law enforcement community.

Everytown, for example, just published a “fact sheet” on Alternative Dispatch Programs. Their fact sheet begins with statistics on the number of people killed by law enforcement officers each year and links to an incident tracker. Among the cases in 2021 include a suspected armed robber who tried to draw a firearm on a police officer as his suspected accomplices fled and a man who allegedly hunted down his girlfriend before shooting her and killing her three-year-old son. The suspect fired on police and was killed by return fire. These deceased suspects were two names presented at random by the tracker.

That is not to say that these are representative of all cases in which a person is killed during an encounter with law enforcement. But, as usual, Everytown and their allies cannot resist the urge to use inflated numbers. Remember when another Bloomberg ‘gun control’ entity listed the Boston Marathon bomber as a victim of “gun violence?”

Everytown also cites the purportedly small number of 911 calls that are related to violent crime as evidence that social workers and – who else – public health professionals should respond to 911 calls instead of uniformed officers. There may be some merit to this idea, but the reality is that not all cases that end with violence start with violence. People struggling with substance abuse or involved in some sort of dispute may not be violent at the time of the initial 911 call, but they may turn violent at any moment. That is why police officers respond to 911 calls.

Reality provides clear evidence for why Shannon Watts and other professional ‘gun control’lers seek to tie themselves to every unrelated issue and crisis. It’s because their ‘gun control’ agenda just isn’t popular. Poll after poll finds support for ‘gun control’ has dropped. Everytown campaigned on other issues in 2020, a major newspaper buried a damaging interview with then-candidate Joe Biden, wealthy elitists staged deceitful campaigns, and individual candidates hid their true position on ‘gun control’.

Oh, and in the midst of all of that – an unimaginable streak of record NICS background checks and undeniable diversity within the gun-owning community. Surveys show that self-defense is the driving motivation for acquiring a firearm. Americans want to be secure, and they want to be able to rely on themselves to ensure their safety.

Everytown just doesn’t get it. No amount of focus groups, talking points, or double-speak will ever trick the American people into giving up their Constitutionally-affirmed right to keep and bear arms.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: http://www.nra.org

Learn These 4 Key Handgun Shooting Fundamentals

H/T The Truth About Guns.

There are a variety of factors that go into shooing a handgun well. The stance, grip, aim, sight alignment, trigger control, follow through and keeping your feet firmly planted are all aspects you’ll need to keep in mind. But let’s focus on the four primary fundamentals of shooting that, with some practice, will make you a better pistol shooter.

1. Stance

A good shooting stance provides a strong, stable platform which is crucial for accuracy. There are two main upright shooting stances – the Isosceles and the Weaver – from which other stances have evolved. While the Weaver is probably better known, the Isosceles is more commonly taught to beginners.

Both the Isosceles and Weaver stances have their proponents, and both have benefits depending on the shooting situation.

The Isosceles stance is the first two-handed stance taught in most basic firearms classes. It’s a naturally defensive stance that is strong, simple and easy to remember under stress. When using this stance, remember some key components:

• Stand facing the target with your feet shoulder width apart.
• Bend your knees slightly.
• Extend the handgun fully toward the target keeping your arms slightly bent.
• With your shoulders squared to the target, your arms form the perfect isosceles triangle from which the stance receives its name.

shooting stance

The Weaver stance is often used by police, military and self-defense advocates because it allows accuracy while presenting a slightly smaller profile. This is the stance you usually see in movies and TV shows.

• Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with your strong-side leg slightly back in what is often called a boxer’s stance.
• Angle your support arm’s shoulder toward the target.
• Bend your knees while keeping your body weight slightly forward.
• Grasp the gun using opposite pressure with both hands.
• Keep both elbows bent with the support elbow pointing downward.

2. Grip

The two-handed grip is one of the most popular, commonly used methods for holding a pistol. Hold the pistol with the weak hand while making a Y out of the thumb and fingers of the strong hand.

Then place the back strap of the gun against the middle of the intersection of the thumb and forefinger, allowing your fingers to wrap around the grip.

Next, bring the support hand around the front of the strong hand grip overlapping the fingers of the strong hand grip, aligning the knuckles of both hands on each side of the grip.

When done correctly, the grip will provide plenty of firm holding power for aiming and firing the gun, while allowing it to remain relatively stable and in the same position after recoil.

Note that the thumbs on a semi-automatic pistol are positioned with the weak thumb positioned slightly in from or the strong hand thumb, and below the gun’s slide to protect them from impeding the sliding action during discharge. For the revolver, the weak hand thumb rests over top of the strong hand thumb for added stability and to stay clear of the cylinder.

Jerry Miculek
Courtesy Hornady

Grip consistency is important for accuracy. Because grips are slightly different between makes and models, some will be smaller or larger than others, so you may need to make slight adjustments depending on the model gun you’re using. It’s always recommended to practice with the pistol you will use most often, such as a carry pistol to ensure consistent positioning.

3. Sight Alignment

Sight alignment is the relationship between the shooter’s eye, the rear sight aperture, and the front sight. You need to center the front sight blade with the rear sight aperture.

When aiming, the front sight is positioned in the middle of the rear sight notch with an equal space on each side. The horizontal top surface of the front sight is on the same level as the top horizontal surface of the rear sight notch. It is necessary to be acutely aware of the relationship of the rear sight to the clearly defined front sight.

Normal vision is such that most people can’t get both the rear and front sights in focus. In general, it’s best to focus on the front sight. Your rounds will generally end up where you’ve placed the front sight if your other variables (stance, grip, trigger pull) are taken care of.

4. Trigger Control

Trigger control is the skillful manipulation of the pistol’s trigger so you’re able to hit what you’re shooting at. You’ll need to work on depressing the trigger while maintaining good sight alignment and sight picture. That can be easier said that done, but remember these tips:

● You need even, consistent pressure applied to move the trigger straight to the rear of the pistol, which isolates the movement of the trigger finger.
● Use a firm grip to maintain sight alignment and sight picture – don’t stop, hesitate or pause. The trigger pull should be one smooth press. Don’t anticipate the gun firing; let the sound of the bang surprise you.
● When the shot is fired, regain your sight alignment and sight picture as quickly as you can to prepare for the next shot in precisely the same way.

The trigger press and the placement of the trigger finger are both crucial. For the semi-auto, the middle of your fingerprint on the index finger is about where your finger placement should rest on the trigger.

When you’re shooting, if your shots are consistently landing to one side of the bulls eye or the other, check where your finger is resting on the trigger. Too much trigger finger on the trigger can pull shots toward your strong side. Too little finger on the trigger can cause shots to be pushed to your weak side.

There are other variables, but if you master these four fundamentals, you’ll be a long way toward the goal of being an accurate, effective pistol shooter. It only takes three things to get you there: practice, practice and more practice.

 

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Pvt. Martin Teahan’s M1 Found 72 Years after D-Day

H/T AmmoLand.

R.I.P. Private Martin Teahan

Private Martin Teahan's M1 Garand Engraved Name
Private Martin Teahan’s M1 Garand Engraved Name

East Brunswick, NJ USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- If I were to report the facts, I would tell you Private Martin Teahan of HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), died on June 6, 1944, near a church in Picauville, Normandy.

 

While scouting a position, he was shot in the leg, captured, and then killed by a German soldier who thought he was reaching for a weapon.

A few weeks after D-Day, a French farmer in the area found a rifle with the name M. Teahan engraved on the butt of the rifle. No one knew what the farmer did with the rifle for 72 years, until it was discovered in February 2016 by a French Army Paratrooper Commander named Colonel Patrick Collet.

Those are the facts, but the story associated with the rifle tugs on something much deeper for me.

You see, Private Martin was my Uncle “Matty.” A poor Irish Immigrant, who’s stories of his bravery resonated with me as I grew up in the same rough Irish neighborhood in the South Bronx. Five days prior to the discovery of the rifle, I visited my roots for the first time since childhood. I stood in grand St Jerome’s Church, and thought of my Uncle Matty as I looked at his name, engraved in the cool stone of the somber building.

Private Martin Teahan's M1 Garand back at Home
Private Martin Teahan’s M1 Garand back at Home

Then, as if by fate, we received an email (On Saint Patrick’s Day) from Colonel Patrick Collet, a French Army Paratrooper commander who grew up in Normandy. He had acquired an M1 Garand rifle from a decedent of the farmer in Picauville. Once he saw the named M. Teahan engraved on the rifle, he knew he had something special and was determined to find who M. Teahan was.

My sister Liz and I long ago became members of the 508th PIR to honor our uncle Matty. Liz setup a profile page on the 508th PIR website, listing her as a contact. Who knew, this simple process would result in such a life altering discovery, as the first place Colonel Collet searched was the 508th PIR website. He found the match and notified Liz.

I knew, she knew, the moment we found out, the rifle was our Uncle Matty coming home after 72 years.

Colonel Collet invited my wife Monica and me to visit that June. We got to hold the rifle; I felt the cold metal of the weapon on my fingertips, and envisioned my Uncle, bravely marching forward through enemy territory. I was also in the army, many years later, but never engaged in the sort of battle for which so many young men of WW II fought and died. We decided this majestic representation of history should be returned to Martin Tehan’s brothers-in-arms, the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th PIR.

Our visit didn’t end there; Colonel Collet had arranged an unbelievable itinerary for us. We were directed to the site of Uncle Matty’s grave, where we met the U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Milley to salute and say a prayer. A man of quiet authority, I immediately jumped to attention and snapped “Yes Sir” at his direction. Monica of course found this to be hilarious, but she understood, as I did, the magic of the moments we were sharing on this trip.

And what a trip! After the cemetery, we visited Omaha and Utah beaches, including an amazing jaunt to Point du Hoc. This moment, staring at the cliff of Point Du Hoc, will forever blaze in my memory. General Milley and his staff guided us through each site, and their descriptive stories provided the fields for our imaginations to roam.

Martin Teahan’s rifle will be brought over to General Milley by Colonel Collet and the French Army Chief of Staff General Bosser later this year. General Milley has invited my entire family to officially donate the rifle at a ceremony at the Pentagon. I suspect the plaque will look something like my first paragraph, with some added words about bravery and duty. As appropriate as it will be, I doubt it can ever capture the emotion, the power, and the change we experienced as a result of the rifle’s discovery.

Thank you, for a piece of my heritage is now coming home.

Private Martin Teahan
Private Martin Teahan

Jim has since written a book on the whole experience entitled Uncle Matty Comes Home. A Facebook page has been created in Martin Teahan’s honor and had over 25,000 fans in its first 3 months (now 81,000+), www.facebook.com/unclemattycomeshome General Milley was committed to bringing the rifle back and honoring his memory.

To all 82nd Airborne brothers, this is a reminder that no matter how much time has passed, what you have done for our freedom will never be forgotten.

Food Prices Soar Under Biden as Industry Leader Issues Dire Warning: ‘There’s Still More to Come’

H/T Western Journal.

People like myself on a fixed income are going to get hurt the worst.

The next time you’re shopping for groceries or taking in a meal at the local cafe, keep an eye out for newly raised prices.

Companies from Chipotle to Piggly Wiggly are raising prices in an effort to make up for elevated costs in labor, goods and transportation, according to The Wall Street Journal.

It’s just the latest inconvenience brought about by the real Biden Effect: Rampant inflation and ever-increasing costs.

Consumer prices flew upward by five percent in May, marking the highest rate of inflation since the Great Recession.

Now, the increasing costs of everyday necessities like food threaten to combine with that runaway inflation to the serious detriment of everyday Americans.

“Quite frankly, we’re not done with all the pricing actions that we need to take,” Hormel CEO Jim Snee told The Wall Street Journal in explaining the company’s raising of prices on everything from peanut butter to Spam. “There’s still more to come.”

The squeeze on Americans’ wallets seemingly isn’t pricing anyone out of food yet, but those with bigger families and grocery bills ought to prepare the best they can for a continued hardship.

The new hardship is an unfortunate fact of the Biden administration’s terrible domestic policies, which Ohio Sen. Michael Rulli concisely pointed out.

“Inflation is a tax on American families,” Rulli said.

 

Indeed, as food costs creep up and go unaddressed by the White House, everyday Americans will be forced to pay the price of a disrupted market if they want to eat.

As it turns out, the costs of the progressive stimulus-fever must be borne by more than simple tax dollars.

It’s little wonder the situation has many feeling nostalgic for a presidency gone by.

“Under Biden, we have rising inflation, open borders, an energy crisis, a stagnant economy, & weak foreign policy,” Florida Rep. Byron Donalds said.

Indeed, between rising food costs, record inflation, mass worker shortages and a historic border crisis, Biden’s number one policy priority appears to be highway robbery.

FL: 1 Career Criminal Shot Dead When He Attempted to Rob 2 Legally Armed Men

H/T AmmoLand.

Thanks to these two armed men there is one less thug on the streets of Miami.

Image Mug Shot of Otis Brown, from Lee County Sheriff’s Office, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- On May 31st, 2021, at about 6 p.m. at 3101 N. Miami Avenue, it has been reported that Otis Brown, a career criminal, attempted to commit an armed robbery of two men as they were walking their dog outside of the Midtown Mall.

The temperature at 6 p.m. was 82 degrees with an ENE breeze of 13 mph with humidity of 72%.  Sunset would not be until 8:07.  Looking at the images from Google maps, there is graffiti in the neighborhood.

 

One of the men grappled with Brown. It appears to have been an attempted disarm by the victim. Disarms are a dangerous and desperate tactic. As Brown and the victim struggled, the victim was shot in the shoulder. From Wink news:

According to detectives, two men were walking when they were confronted by Otis Brown Jr. of Lehigh Acres. He attempted to rob the men at gunpoint, police said, and one of the victims exchanged gunfire with Brown, shooting him.

Brown was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died. One of the victims was also taken to the hospital, but his condition has not been released.

Brown, 38, was a registered felon in Florida with numerous arrests in Lee County going back to 1998.

Brown had a long series of arrests as an adult, starting when he was a teenager. He had recently been released from prison. It appears the gunfight happened very quickly. First, the robbery attempt, then grappling for a handgun, when the first victim is shot. At that point the second victim engages Brown, using a Glock pistol and hitting Brown eleven times!

From Miamihearald.com:

Monday evening’s shooting at Midtown unfolded outside a parking garage on the 3100 block of North Miami Avenue. The two men walking their dog live in the area, and were returning home when they were confronted by Otis Brown, 38, of Leigh Acres, who tried to rob them.

 According to a source, Brown and one of the men began grappling. The other man, who was legally armed with a Glock, hid briefly behind a post and heard his friend get shot in the shoulder. He emerged from behind the post and exchanged gunfire with Brown, who was hit 11 times.

The dog ran off, but was later rescued. The robbery victims both had their weapons legally, and are not expected to face charges. Investigators believe they acted in self-defense.

Google maps image of North Miami Ave in the vicinity of the gunfight.

Without further details, this correspondent can only speculate the second victim took cover as the first grappled with Brown. It often makes more sense to seek cover than to stand in the open while drawing a handgun. WSVN.com reports the second victim was grazed by a bullet just before he opened fire on Brown.

One of them was shot in the shoulder.

The other was grazed by a bullet, and then pulled out a gun in self-defense, shooting the man.

It seems likely the second victim drew his pistol from behind cover, as the first shots were fired. The second victim then ended the gunfight with eleven hits from his Glock pistol. The reports do not tell us how many shots Brown fired.

The police reports do not tell us how many victims Brown interacted with during his criminal career. The reports do not tell us how many years of Brown’s life he spent behind bars.

We are left with the conclusion it took two armed victims to conclusively stop Otis Brown’s criminal career by effectively resisting his attack on May 31st 2021. Otis died as a result.

One of the benefits of an armed population is: it makes criminal conduct more dangerous. This case highlights how legally armed individuals reinforce each other.

It is possible Otis Brown could have turned his life around, but the odds are against it. To paraphrase Massad Ayoob, Otis Brown made a fatal mistake in the victim selection process. It is impossible to know how many future crimes were prevented by the death of Otis Brown.

Texas Attorney General Paxton Opposes Latest DoJ/ATF Attack

H/T NRA/ILA.

I wish other Attorney Generals would grow a pair and join Texas Attorney General Paxton’s opposition to the DOJ/ATF.

Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) opposing the recently proposed rule: Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”. On June 7th, ATF published a new notice of this proposed rulemaking on its website. The rule seems aimed at making nearly all configurations of firearms equipped with stabilizing braces subject to the taxation and registration requirements of the National Firearms Act. You may click here to read Paxton’s letter.

Attorney General Paxton argues that, “The stabilizing brace is used for a range of legitimate purposes. For many, the accessory helps reduce recoil, prevent injury, and allows individuals to more safely and accurately operate a pistol. The accessory also allows disabled individuals to more easily and safely control heavy pistols without assistance.” He also states that his office “will consider all available options to stop this action and any effort to restrict Second Amendment rights.

NRA thanks Attorney General Paxton for taking a stand against President Biden’s latest attack on Second Amendment rights.

Democrats File Federal Gun Licensing And Registration Bill

H/T Bearing Arms.

The DemocRats are working to make it easier to grab our guns.

One of the worst fears for gun owners is gun registration. The reason for that is that once firearms are registered, it’s that much easier to confiscate them. We’ve seen how this shakes out elsewhere and that’s always the end result of any registration scheme.

Up until now, Democrats have been smart enough to steer clear of this at the national level. While it may play well enough in anti-gun states, it doesn’t do well with the United States as a whole.

Yet it seems those days are over. Not just do they want gun registration, but also licensing according to a bill recently filed.

A group of Democrats in Congress this month have filed legislation that seeks to set new, much more restrictive standards for even the most basic handgun ownership in the United States.

Plainly titled the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2021, the proposal would require that any handgun owner be at least 21 years of age. Before their mandatory license is issued for a pistol or revolver, would-be handgun owners would first complete approved firearms training and clear a background check after submitting fingerprints and photographs. Licenses would have to be renewed every five years.

“Our government requires registration and basic standards for voting, operating a vehicle, even opening a business,” said U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat who is a sponsor of the bill. “Yet, for weapons created with the single intent to take a life, we have developed a dangerous aversion to any mechanism to understand where and with whom these weapons reside.”

Going past the licensing requirement, the bill would direct the U.S. Attorney General to establish a system for the “registration of all handguns owned, possessed, or controlled in the United States.”

It’s funny that Coleman invokes voting as an example of requiring gun registration considering how her party consistently tries to make fraud easier by removing as many requirements to prove your identity as possible. Further, all you have to do to register to vote is fill out a bit of paperwork and wait a bit for your registration card to show up.

There’s no training requirement to vote or open a business. While there may be for driving–standards vary by state–driving has been held by the courts to be a privilege, not a right. So, two of the three examples don’t require any training and the one that does isn’t classified as a right by the courts.

Whoops.

Yet gun ownership is a right. That’s been established by the courts and Heller found it to be an individual right.

Further, any cost incurred in trying to meet these requirements, whether a fee for the license or cost for the training course, constitutes the equivalent of a poll tax. You’re telling people they have to pay in order to exercise a constitutionally protected right. There’s absolutely no way that will fly in the courts.

Honestly, this is a horrible bill.

The good news is that there’s not a hope in hell of this passing. Right now, Democrats can’t even get measures through the Senate that seem to poll well enough with the American public. This kind of thing doesn’t. Don’t be surprised if this bill never even makes it out of committee. While plenty of Democrats are more than willing to sign onto this, there are a lot that know this will be too much for their constituents and will likely steer clear of it completely.

Without the votes in the House, it’s likely to die a lonely death without a single hearing, debate, or discussion.

The sad thing, though, is that anyone actually thought gun registration and licensing was a good idea in the first place.

Letter V / Army Birthday & Flag Day 2021

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General’s Dire Warning: Here’s What Afghan Military Faces Without US Help

H/T Western Journal.

We are in a Catch 22 situation in Afghanistan we are Damned if we do leave some US forces there and we are Damned if we do not.

Against the recommendation of military commanders, President Joe Biden recently ordered that all U.S. troops must be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 because the Taliban provided al-Qaeda protection as it planned the September 11 attacks. We have been mired there for nearly 20 years with little to show for it.

Currently, there is a force of approximately 2,500 U.S. troops there, along with 7,000 NATO forces who are committed to the same timetable for withdrawing.

While it’s past time we extricated ourselves from the Afghanistan boondoggle, we need to do it in a way that honors the American blood and treasure spent there and prevents the Taliban and their al Qaeda allies from seizing control of the country.

Yet that is precisely what Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command and the top U.S. general for the Middle East and Afghanistan, is concerned will happen under Biden’s withdrawal plan.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, Gen. McKenzie stated that Afghanistan’s military “will certainly collapse” without some continued American support once all U.S. troops are gone, reports the AP. “My concern is the Afghans’ ability to hold ground” without the U.S. forces, McKenzie told the Senate committee.

Last February, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar and negotiated a deal whereby the U.S. would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan if the Taliban renounced violence and ended its long-standing support for Islamist terror groups like al Qaeda.

The Taliban failed to hold up their end of the bargain. Despite that, President Biden has pledged to completely withdraw our troops by the symbolic, but entirely arbitrary, deadline of September 11.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said that the U.S. will maintain the ability to counter terrorists in Afghanistan after the troop withdrawal, but he has provided few details on how he plans to accomplish this, and many in the military and intelligence community doubt it can be done.

Gen. McKenzie told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. wants to be able to conduct counter-terrorism missions from the air through the use of manned and unmanned aircraft.

However, because there is no significant American military presence in the countries surrounding Afghanistan, there is nowhere to base the aircraft. As a result, McKenzie acknowledged that it will take “considerably longer” than four hours to move armed drones in and out of Afghanistan.

This is hardly the sort of backup that the Afghan security forces can rely on.

Most military commanders and intelligence experts believe that without a U.S. military presence in the country, the government in Kabul to collapse and warlords and terrorist groups like al Qaeda will again take hold, leading to the conditions that brought us into Afghanistan in the first place.

According to a recent U.S. Treasury report, al Qaeda is “gaining strength in Afghanistan while continuing to operate with the Taliban under the Taliban’s protection.” The report further states that “al-Qaeda capitalizes on its relationship with the Taliban through its network of mentors and advisers who are embedded with the Taliban, providing advice, guidance, and financial support.”

A recent Pentagon report also highlighted that without the support of U.S. and other NATO allies, the Afghan government has little chance of prevailing against the Taliban once their troops have withdrawn.

And, in its 2021 Threat Assessment, published earlier this month, the U.S. intelligence community reached a similar conclusion, stating that “the Afghan Government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support.”

Indeed, The Times reports that after Biden announced that all American troops would be out of Afghanistan in September, a senior Taliban commander taunted that they “are prepared and already present in the battlefield.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley reportedly, according to Vox, urged Biden to maintain a military presence in the country. According to sources familiar with the discussion, Milley made an impassioned plea, arguing that withdrawing troops would “open the door for the Taliban to overtake the country, making life worse for millions of Afghans and imperiling U.S. national security goals,” and would set women’s rights “back to the Stone Age.”

The full U.S. withdrawal also will create a vacuum in the country that ChinaRussia or Iran will fill, and make it harder to restrain aggression from nuclear-armed Pakistan.

President Obama’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 is a case study in what not to do. Obama insisted on withdrawing all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, even though his military advisors almost unanimously advised against it.

With the Iraqi security forces unprepared to protect the country’s security, Obama’s troop withdrawal allowed ISIS to seize 40 percent of Iraq’s territory, establishing a caliphate.

Within just six months, ISIS had become the world’s most well-funded and best-equipped terrorist army. Its terrorist activities resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 people outside of Iraq and Syria, and included mass shootings in San Bernardino, California and Orlando, Florida.

We are now poised to repeat this calamity. We should heed Gen. McKenzie’s warning about what will happen to the Afghan military without U.S. troop support.

Preventing the Afghan military from collapsing would not take a large-scale force, but a small contingent of troops. The bipartisan Afghanistan Study Group said this year that 4,500 American troops would be enough “for training, advising, and assisting Afghan defense forces; supporting allied forces; conducting counterterrorism operations; and securing our embassy.”

Biden has flatly rejected this option, however.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Joe Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Regrettably, it looks like that trend is set to continue.