It may sound outlandish, but the way Zocalo Public Square talked about Roman Emperor Hadrian, you’d think they were praising President Biden for his deadly exit out of Afghanistan !
Zocalo Public Square is very fascinating and very Left-leaning which makes these comparisons even more entertaining. In a piece by Edward Watts, Professor Watts gives detail by detail how a withdrawal from war against Parthia made life better for Romans and the Roman Empire in the 100s. (https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2021/09/09/roman-emperor-hadrian-unwinnable-war/) Now, as an aside, was the collapse of the Roman Empire (which this withdrawal undoubtedly led to) a better future for Rome? I’m not professing to being a history professor like Dr. Watts but the fall of Rome is well-freakin-documented.
Let’s look at the parallels Dr. Watts illustrates with the 100s withdrawal by Emperor Hadrian and the details of the Afghanistan withdrawal . In this piece , Dr. Watts writes, “The anonymous author of the Historia Augustawrote, Hadrian “relinquished all of the conquests across the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers.” He later quotes the new emperor as saying that “those areas that can not be defended, should be declared liberated” and returned to local control. Hadrian left the defense of these regions up to the allied governments Rome had just installed.”
Instead of admitting we had no plan for leaving that would be successful, President Biden laid blame for the fall of Afghanistan at the feet of the Afghan troops, saying, “The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.” Meanwhile 13 of our very own service members were killed in explosions by terrorists forces aiding the Taliban. This collapse falls on the US and it worries me, it could lead to the fall of the United States (yet I believe God will prevent that!)
The most stunning comparison made is infrastructure. Dr. Watts notes that Hadrian BUILT THE PANTHEON as well as Temple of Zeus after this withdrawal. These structures are iconic , and I truly wonder if this 3+ trillion Dollar infrastructure bill leads President Biden to think he can build his very own Colosseum in America. The guy is kinda out of it!
For Edward Watts to say this though in light of the eventual fall of Rome feels like a half-hearted attempt to say withdrawal out of a country without any plan can strengthen a country. “Hadrian spent much of his reign traveling across the empire, repairing infrastructure, and building new public buildings. Hadrian’s Wall in Britain, the Pantheon in Rome, and the massive Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens are among his most famous infrastructure projects.”
I would rather keep this country built 245 years ago, than a massive structure as a remnant of an empire! 20 years ago two towers were brought down, yet that didn’t bring the US down! We must save this country years later!
I also just can’t see President Biden having the wherewithal to build immaculate buildings, when he can’t even finish building a sentence!
PS: Hadrian took over for Emperor Trajan , is that historic name where Trojan Horse comes from?