Leaving Afghanistan American-style

The president of the United States has been telling the American people for the last six months that he intended to bring the American troops back home from Afghanistan. One would think that his cabinet would have been well prepared for that and would have made provisions to protect those working at the American Embassy, those working as interpreters, and all the many others working in one place or another connected in some way with the American troops, the American employees, and any other Americans who, for any other reason, were in Afghanistan. However, as always, the government of the United States of America forgets about the subalterns, the workers, the rank and file, as it did this time as well.
The same leaving-style happened in 1958 when the American government helped a communist card-carrying Romulo Betancourt to replace an American ally and supporter, General Marcos Pérez Jiménez, who was then able to leave Venezuela, going first to the United States and then to the Dominican Republic, but not many others in the general’s regime were able to leave the country and were left to suffer the consequences.
A transition government, first under Adm. Wolfgang Larrazábal and then under Edgar Sanabria, was put in place until the December 1958 elections saw Democratic Action candidate Romulo Betancourt elected and take office on February 13, 1959, the same year that another country ally of the United States, Cuba, was suffering the same luck as other “friends” of Uncle Sam.
In December 1958, the United States government betrayed another ally, supporter and neighbor, and another general, Fulgencio Batista, by allowing him to leave the island of Cuba without too much notice and only five airplanes, allowed to leave the island in route, once again, to the Dominican Republic. The first two planes carried the family of the president, and the third plane carried President Batista. The other two planes carried those who were lucky enough to be at the National Air Force headquarters at the time the American Ambassador was making sure that Gen. Fulgencio Batista, the last Democratic
president the island had before the new (not-for-too-long) American ally, Fidel Castro Ruz, took the province of Santiago de Cuba.
Many people were arrested, many innocent people were taken to the firing squad, and many were killed arbitrarily on the streets of any city on the island of Cuba because the American government failed once again to rescue those who were once their allies.
The regime of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo ruled in the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961, one of the longest and most absolute in modern times, until Fidel Castro’s communist regime ruled the island of Cuba for 62 years.
Trujillo entered the Dominican army in 1918 and was trained by U.S. Marines during the U.S. occupation of the country (1916—24). He rose from lieutenant to commanding colonel of the national police between 1919 and 1925, becoming a general in 1927. Trujillo seized power in the military revolt against Pres. Horacio Vásquez in 1930. From that time until his assassination 31 years later, Trujillo remained in absolute control of the Dominican Republic through his command of the
army by placing family members in office and by having many of his political opponents murdered. He served officially as president from 1930 to 1938, and again from 1942 to 1952.
In 1989, Panamanian general, Manuel Noriega, had become a problem. At least that’s the way it looked from Washington.
For years, the Panamanian military man had been a close and sometimes clandestine ally of U.S. governments as he rose to power in a country defined by a U.S. strategic asset, the Panama Canal, and in a region where America was fighting a series of proxy wars against Soviet allies.
So in December 1989, The Associated Press wrote: “President George H.W. Bush sent American troops into Panama City to arrest Noriega — the last of several times that U.S. military forces have directly toppled a government in the Americas.”
Seeing the people of Afghanistan running for their luck and their life is something that is not new to anyone with knowledge of the modus operandi of the government of the United States; these are only three examples that we, regular average citizens, may well know, but who knows how many more there may be.
Since President Joe Biden took over the reins of the United States, he has been talking about bringing the troops from Afghanistan back home.
He could’ve been thinking of those Embassy workers, the Afghanistan interpreters, the civilians working in the Embassy; he could’ve been preparing the rescue of those friends and allies they’ve made in the last twenty years during which the American troops have been part of the Afghan’s everyday life.
Perhaps some of those people that President Biden neglected to protect were having coffee with the American embassy employees. Where are they now?

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