Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and senior editor-at-large at The Epoch Times, Roger Simon, in-studio to share his reaction to the damaging withdrawal from Afghanistan last week.
Leahy: We are joined in studio by our newest all-star panelist, my former boss at PJTV, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, founder of Pajamas Media, and now an editor at large for The Epoch Times, Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger.
Simon: Good morning indeed. In many ways, if you believe in God, it’s always a good morning. On the other hand, it’s one of the worst mornings in the history of the United States of America. Period.
Leahy: I couldn’t agree with you more. It got even more bizarre yesterday afternoon at the White House. I don’t know what you could call this performance by the legal but not legitimate President of the United States Joe Biden.
Thousands he’s abandoned. And at that press event, he said nothing about Afghanistan and took no questions.
Simon: Only about COVID. I have a piece coming up on The Epoch Times that references a great old movie called Treasures of the Sierra Madre.
Leahy: Oh yes. Humphrey Bogart.
Simon: And the famous line for that movie was badges, I don’t want your stinking badges. And my headline is Boosters, I Don’t Want Your Stinking Boosters.
And I’ll get back to that in a minute. But the question – the man called POTUS, he reminds me of one figure from history.
Leahy: Who would that be?
Simon: That is Nero who fiddled while Rome burned.
Leahy: That’s an apt comparison. But it’s a little insulting to Nero because at least Nero can play the fiddle.
Leahy: This guy is disconnected.
Simon: Look, we always knew he was intellectually challenged, should we say. But we didn’t know he was one of the great misogynists of all time. Because that’s what he was. The abandonment of Afghanistan the way he did it assures the enslavement of millions of women.
A slave is probably the best of it. But the rapes and so forth that will go along with it. Think about the reality of that for a second. What kind of an evil human being would do something like that?
Leahy: Joe Biden has no honor.
Simon: I don’t think he even has a moral compass. He gets anything. There’s something really strange about the guy. The average fifth grader one would imagine would say, well, if we’re going to get out of Afghanistan, let’s get our weapons out first.
Let’s get our people out. Let’s get the people who wanted to help us out and then leave. He did the absolute opposite. The man has lost his mind.
And the fact that anybody, if there’s a single liberal out there this morning, you guys and gals ought to be humiliated. I’m 77. I hate to admit it. I’m a healthy 77.
Leahy: You’re a spring chicken, Roger.
Simon: I’m a spring chicken.
Leahy: And a great tennis player.
Simon: A good tennis player. But I’ll tell you something, I was a Democrat decades ago. And if I was still one, I’d be humiliated. There’s no American president I can think of who has done anything remotely like this.
Leahy: None! Abandoned a country. Abandoned our allies, abandoned over 10,000 American citizens.
Simon: In fact, nobody knows how many Americans – they don’t even know!
Leahy: Too cowardly. Too cowardly to get them out of the country.
Simon: And he has the worst assemblage of wimps around him. That guy, Jake Sullivan, oh my god. You got two Ivy Leaguers talking here. I’ll tell you everything we hate about the Ivy Leagues wrapped up in Jake Sullivan. (Laughter) He’s like someone who’s never been out of an office.
Leahy: The secretary of the Department of State, I kid you not, literally said: we sent a strongly worded letter.
Simon: Oh no. (Chuckles)
Leahy: They used that phrase.
Simon: Good thing it was strongly worded.
Leahy: And the Taliban are laughing. They’re thinking, you know, we’ve got the weapons. We’ve got the guns. We’re gonna do whatever we want. Your strongly worded letter? That’s exactly their reaction.
Simon: I mean, did they even read it? Do you think they can even read something like that?
Leahy: I don’t think so. We’ll have more with Roger Simon when we get back.
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