The worst day in many years has occurred today, with the suicide bombing by ISIS terrorists in the Kabul, Afghanistan Airport, causing the death of at least 13 American military personnel, many wounded, and dozens upon dozens of Afghan civilians wanting a better life becoming statistics of the continued danger of Islamic terrorism!
This is a heavy loss, which complicates the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and leaves America in danger!
This is a challenge to the Biden Presidency, how to finish the job of getting people out of the Kabul Airport, and saving as many Afghans who deserve a new beginning from the nightmare of the 20 year war in the troubled nation of Afghanistan!
Only about one of every three Presidents historically (14 of 44) through Inauguration Day 2021 has served two terms:
Ulysses S. Grant
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dwight D. Eisenhower
George W. Bush
Additionally, 7 others served more than one term, but not two complete terms:
Lyndon B. Johnson
And only Lincoln, McKinley, and Nixon were actually elected to two terms, so a total of 17 Presidents elected twice, while TR, Coolidge, Truman, and Johnson succeeded after deaths of their predecessor, and were only elected once to the Presidency.
So a total of 21 Presidents served more than four years, although Lincoln and McKinley for just a few months more, and Coolidge, Johnson and Nixon only months more than a year. So only TR and Truman were very close to two complete terms. Ultimately, 16 out of 44 basically served two terms.
Now we can add Joe Biden to the list of those who will not serve two terms or even be elected a second time, as with the Afghanistan debacle, it seems certain that he will not run again in 2024!
The Afghanistan Crisis over evacuations may harm Joe Biden’s Agenda in Congress.
After accomplishing so much in his first seven months in office, there are Democrats now who are alienated from Biden, on the issue of infrastructure, with moderates and progressives with different views on timing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, which has gained Republican support, and the Human Infrastructure bill, with no Republican support.
The issue of Voting Rights legislation is also in trouble, as Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and other states are setting up voting barriers for future elections.
Afghanistan, and the way Joe Biden has dealt with it, has also made some Democrats highly critical of the failure of the Biden Administration to plan removal of Americans and Afghans who helped the war effort on a timely basis, rather than the total chaos and anarchy now occurring at Kabul Airport.
Joe Biden’s public opinion support on his Presidency and on Afghanistan policy has been high, but now there is danger of that support collapsing.
And there are Republicans and right wing talk show hosts who are calling for Joe Biden to resign, or that he should be impeached, although there is no chance of any success on impeachment or conviction, and clearly, no possibility of resignation.
But the situation in Afghanistan muddies the waters dramatically!