It’s a national disgrace, a catastrophe nearly two decades in the making. In a just society, everyone involved would be severely punished, but in the fallen state of modern America there will be no consequences, only more humiliation.

Cockburn refers, of course, to Twitter, that monstrous invention where America’s politicians, journalists, ‘experts’, and ordinary people compete with one another to see who can be the most profoundly pathetic, unimpressive, and cringeworthy.

Naturally, the ongoing debacle in Afghanistan allowed every player to put in their best performance. Some of the silliest efforts came from former members of the Trump administration, who instantly forgot all about their five years attacking ‘forever wars’ to clarify that, actually, Trump would have never allowed US troops to come home.

Angry that his former officials were misrepresenting his presidency, Donald Trump quickly put out a press release denouncing th- just kidding! Trump put out a lame statement making it clear that all his boasts about leaving Afghanistan were fake and he’d have folded under media pressure if he were in Biden’s shoes.

Not every Republican was so focused on the end of the Afghan forever war. Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida instead worried that the Afghan withdrawal might indicate Biden’s lack of willingness to get involved in new wars in countries like Ukraine.

Don’t worry, Cockburn isn’t just going to pick on Republicans. They are the most enthusiastic amnesiacs pushing for a longer war, but the dumbest takes came from elsewhere.

In a worrying sign of how thoroughly American brains have been poisoned by comic book films, one ordinary Twitter user suggested that the best way to stop the Taliban would be to create a Girl Power Death Squad and send them off to be horribly killed in the name of feminism.

Cockburn will refrain from further bullying members of the general public, though. They aren’t paid to express their thoughts. The same emphatically can not be said for everyone else.

Of course, in a country as consumed with identity politics poison as the United States, such thoughts managed to take over the Afghanistan discourse too. Professional white woman berater (seriously, look it up) Saira Rao argued that it was hypocritical for white people to dislike Islamic terror while… eating food, apparently.

But the Dumbest Take Award, coveted by all but only available to one, must go to the Nation’s justice correspondent, MSNBC talking head, and…(does Cockburn really have to say it? Yes? Fine, then)…Harvard Law School graduate Elie Mystal. In a year where the powers that be have injected race into everything, and the more repugnantly done the better, Mystal somehow one-upped the entire crowd.

Actually, Cockburn takes it back. Mystal’s tweet is just narcissistic and stupid, the feeble product of a feeble mind. The worst tweet — the most appalling combination of cluelessness, duplicity, and ideological brain rot — goes to Bill Kristol. Even as all Afghanistan fell without a shot, Kristol dreamed of a magical ‘surge’ that would fix everything and make Afghanistan safe for gender studies.

Kristol must hope that nobody remembers the first Iraq-style surge in Afghanistan, the one that involved 100,000 troops and the most monumental waste of money in American history. But given that Kristol practically lives on Twitter, can you blame him for expecting the public to be that clueless?