46 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-14-21

  1. What little credibility Snopes had left has left the building.

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    “Snopes co-founder plagiarized dozens of articles between 2015 and 2019”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/08/13/snopes-co-founder-plagiarized-dozens-of-articles-between-2015-and-1019-n408686

    “I thought Snopes had hit rock bottom when it started fact-checking the Babylon Bee, but apparently not. The co-founder and 50% owner of the fact-check site has admitted he plagiarized dozens of articles over the past several years. Some of the articles were published under a pseudonym.

    David Mikkelson, the co-founder of the fact-checking website Snopes, has long presented himself as the arbiter of truth online, a bulwark in the fight against rumors and fake news. But he has been lying to the site’s tens of millions of readers: A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that between 2015 and 2019, Mikkelson wrote and published dozens of articles containing material plagiarized from news outlets such as the Guardian and the LA Times…

    BuzzFeed News found dozens of articles on Snopes’ site that include language — sometimes entire paragraphs — that appear to have been copied without attribution from news outlets that include the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, and the BBC. Six of these articles were originally published under Zarronandia’s byline, three under Mikkelson’s own, and the rest under “Snopes staff.” Snopes’s subsequent internal review identified 140 articles with possible problems and 54 that were found to include appropriated material.

    Any regular employee found to have plagiarized even once would be fired, but in this case there’s not much Snopes can do because the guilty party is also the owner. The site put out a memo apologizing to current and former employees. “To the staff, past, present, and future, who are undoubtedly impacted by these findings, we are deeply sorry. While an individual’s actions have caused this breach of our ethics, we hope the extraordinary writers and editors who work at Snopes do not see their efforts and reputation undermined by these missteps,” the site’s managing editor wrote.”

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  2. Face. Palm.

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  3. Yet……

    But you know it’s what their ultimate goal is, total control.

    So prepare for police at the bridges and interstates to check your papers. It would do wonders for interstate commerce and the publics relationship with police, huh?

    “Three Words in WH Official’s Statement About Mandating Vaccines for Interstate Travel Are Very Worrisome”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2021/08/13/white-house-official-pushes-back-on-ap-report-claiming-biden-admin-considering-mandating-vax-for-interstate-travel-n2594104

    “A White House official has pushed back on an Associated Press report discussing how the Biden administration is looking for even more strict ways to force vaccine compliance, including mandating the jabs for interstate travel.

    The story said the administration worried going that far “would be too polarizing for the moment” (emphasis mine).

    Still, while more severe measures — such as mandating vaccines for interstate travel or changing how the federal government reimburses treatment for those who are unvaccinated and become ill with COVID-19 — have been discussed, the administration worried that they would be too polarizing at this time.

    That’s not to say they won’t be implemented in the future, as public opinion continues to shift toward requiring vaccinations as a means to restore normalcy. (AP)

    That line raised eyebrows Friday morning.”

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  4. No, of course they don’t.

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  5. Remember folks, election fraud is a myth.

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  6. Yeah…..

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  7. The fallout continues from Obama’s Super Spreader Event.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9891873/63-people-Marthas-Vineyard-tested-positive-Covid-Obamas-60th-birthday-bash.html

    “EXCLUSIVE: At least 74 people on Martha’s Vineyard have tested positive for Covid-19 since Barack Obama’s maskless 60th birthday bash – the most cases on the island since April

    A total of 74 people on Martha’s Vineyard have tested positive for Covid-19 since former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday on Saturday

    The spike in cases is more than any week since April on Martha’s Vineyard

    Health officials note it’s still too early to know whether the hundreds of guests and workers at the maskless parties have contributed to the surge in cases

    ‘At this time we’re not aware of any cases connected to the Obama party,’ a Tisbury health agent and boards of health spokesperson told DailyMail.com

    ‘It’s a little too early and the only way we’re going to know is through comprehensive contact tracing,’ they added

    Hundreds of people attended the party, flying in from around the country and congregating under tents where partiers danced, ate and drank the night away”

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  8. I’m not tired of it at all. 🙂

    “I Am Getting Tired of Being Right All the Time”

    https://redstate.com/scotthounsell/2021/08/14/i-am-getting-tired-of-being-right-all-the-time-n426129

    “As regular RedState readers are very well aware, we’ve worked diligently over the last 18 months or so to bring forward accurate and complete information about the Wuhan coronavirus, about election integrity, about Hunter Biden, and about corruption in our government – and as a result, we’ve faced consequences from BigTech when their compromised “fact-checkers” (a/k/a propagandists) felt we were getting a little too close to the truth. When that happens, our traffic is throttled, revenue is reduced, and our reputation suffers since they’ve branded us as “unreliable.”

    Since a great deal of our traffic comes from social media links, we’re forced to anticipate what topics might entice the fact-checkers to call in the flying monkeys and the ban-hammer and be prepared to battle with uninterested half-wits over the fate of the “offensive” piece. At RedState VIP we have the freedom to delve into those topics without fear of incurring the wrath of Fasc-book, but that reduces the reach of this critical information and, more importantly, we shouldn’t be expected to put articles including accurate scientific information or honest discussion of theories behind a paywall. (Reminder: Every VIP subscription increases our ability to ignore Big Tech altogether; subscribe with code HOUNSELL for a discount.)

    In the last several months I have written extensively and freely here at RedState about COVID-19 science, including reports on the viability of the lab-leak theory, only because it is now deemed acceptable by BigTech. Prior to May such posts would almost certainly have been slapped with a Facebook fact-check even though no credible information (only the word of the Chinese Government and financially interested researchers), existed then or exists now definitively proving that the virus came from anywhere outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

    I guess we’re supposed to be grateful for that.

    But, we weren’t wrong when we published our stories last year. We published stories about a theory that is now viewed by our own government as at least as plausible as zoonotic transfer – and that was viewed by at least a few prominent virologists at the time as worth looking into. We were right, yet to this day Facebook operates its hive of misinformation, policed by “fact-checkers,” with impunity. Their stated goal of preventing the spread of misinformation was compounded by their blocking of and subsequent removal of factual information and reporting. Why, you may ask? Well, it might have something to do with the fact that the very people who may be responsible for perpetrating the development of this virus were included in refuting the potential that they were responsible. Remember Peter Daszak? The President of EcoHealth Alliance which funneled cash and research information to the Wuhan Insitute of Virology? The man who sat on the WHO team charged with investigating the virus’s origins? He was a Facebook fact-checker.

    While most people would be happy with being right all the time, I’m not. In fact, I am getting tired of it.

    “But, Scott! Aren’t you glad you have been vindicated?”

    I just happened to have written on this on July 15th:

    While it is certainly vindicating to see that the story may finally be told, it is frustrating that only certain approved members of the media class are allowed to be the ones to tell it. Our reporting on this information has been clear and factual from day one. We have sourced our information to a fault, and now the media is chasing our reporting, acting like this is brand-new, breaking information.

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, RedState’s exclusive reporting has covered the topics regarding the Wuhan Lab, Dr. Shi Zhengli, and Fauci’s flat-out false statements he made during a Senate hearing. Suddenly, after Sen. Rand Paul mopped the floor with Anthony Fauci during a Senate hearing in May, leading to a renewed examination of the lab leak theory, we were able to talk about it.

    Yet despite being suddenly allowed to write about it without being dinged, we were still labeled as conspiracy theorists and extremists. Turns out, we were right about our reporting on the potential of a lab-leak theory. We were right about our reporting on the NIH funding of the Wuhan Lab. We were right about Peter Daszak’s liturgy of conflicts of interest. We were right to question Dr. Shi Zhengli’s ability to be truthful about the origins of the virus. We were right to question the lack of science behind the zoonotic spillover theory. Again, great, but to what end?”

    Most recently, our reporting questioning the completeness and veracity of the WHO report on the origins of the virus was proven again to be true. Was RedState sourced in any of the MSM articles claiming some shade of “journalism” in breathlessly reporting what we already knew to be true? Was our information showing that the WHO team was shepherded around and given access to only that which the CCP had approved, wrong? No, it wasn’t. Was WaPo’s recent report new information that had been previously unreported? No, but that didn’t stop them from reporting it like it was. As Bonchie stated in his piece Thursday:

    It appears to now be certain that the Chinese have been wielding undue influence over the WHO in an attempt to skirt responsibility for starting the COVID-19 pandemic. Their extreme defensiveness about the lab leak theory, including their attempts at a cover-up, should only earn them more suspicions. There’s far too much evidence pointing to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as being the most probable place of origin.”

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  9. In the short term Biden may suffer some criticism but in the long term he’s doing the right thing. If you do the same thing for 20 years without success you might consider not doing it anymore. In the short term there may be political repercussions but in the long term its good for the US.

    If I remember correctly, Trump wanted to bring troops home (in general but also specifically Afghanistan). He was talked out of it by the military and others. Biden has a more personal connection to the military and casualties, for him I can see him being motivated to end American casualties.

    As for the 2022, polls suggest a +5 Democratic lead (very few done though). However, for the Democrats to win they need to post at least +5 because of gerrymandered districts. The Russians will interfere — its a given they’ve interfered for decades and in many places (just like the US) but they’ve been very successful the last few elections with little repercussions. However, that’s not been the worry I’ve seen on the left — its gerrymandering. If the Democrats lose seats, they will blame gerrymandering. No matter your political orientation, gerrymandering is bad — it distorts differences, it does not make politicians accountable, etc

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  10. Redstate needs to hire an editor — that went on way too long. The gist of the article is we were right especially with Covid. Social media blocks us. You can circumvent social medial by paying for VIP access. Its a long winded attempt at self-congratulations and a pitch for people to pay.

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  11. It was Biden’s decision to leave behind equipment, cheaper than hauling it out. The Taliban has now seized most of it and is using it against govt. forces.

    Like it or not HRW, Biden built that. They advance today because of his decisions hear.

    Whine on about connections and Trump and what not, but the facts remain. Own it.

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    Yep, the Chinese and Russians will now own our technology too, and that’s all on Biden.

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  12. Thanks Joe!

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    Did Trump do this?

    No, Joe did.

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  13. And a strongly worded letter…..

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  14. A local couple I know has a son in the Air Force who spent several weeks in Afghanistan assessing and arranging for the valuable equipment to be sent out, leaving the rest behind.

    He got an Air Force achievement medal out of the trip–a trip he took with only one officer.

    I really don’t know how to square his experience–except there were only two of them–with what we’re seeing right now. Just an FYI

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  15. Biden. Built. This.

    “Afghanistan: Taliban Reaches Kabul’s Outskirts (Updates – Collapse Accelerates)

    The AP: “Afghan government forces are collapsing even faster than U.S. military leaders thought possible.””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/08/afghanistan-taliban-forces-reach-kabuls-outskirts/

    “Less than four weeks ahead of the full U.S. troop withdrawal, the Taliban has reached the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. With Taliban forces marching on the Afghan capital from several directions, the Mujahedeen were now just 7 miles south of Kabul, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

    The Taliban has reportedly seized 19 of country’s 34 regional capitals and other major cities, including the Afghanistan’s second-largest city Kandahar.

    Despite Afghan national army’s failure to halt Taliban offensive, country’s President Ashraf Ghani has so far remained defiant. “In the current situation, the remobilization of our security and defense forces is our top priority, and serious steps are being taken in this regard,” Ghani said in a televised address. The Taliban has demanded president’s resignation as a precondition for any formal negotiation.

    However, with Taliban now controlling most of Afghanistan, the government in Kabul may not hold for long. The Ghani-led government now only controls two big cities, Kabul and northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

    The Associated Press reported Taliban’s rapid advance on Kabul:

    The Taliban seized two more provinces on Saturday and approached the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital while also launching a multi-pronged assault on a major northern city defended by former warlords, Afghan officials said.

    The insurgents have captured much of northern, western and southern Afghanistan in a breakneck offensive less than three weeks before the United States is set to withdraw its last troops, raising fears of a full militant takeover or another Afghan civil war.

    The Taliban captured all of Logar province, just south of the capital, Kabul, and detained local officials, said Hoda Ahmadi, a lawmaker from the province. She said the Taliban have reached the Char Asyab district, just 11 kilometers (7 miles) south of Kabul.

    The insurgents also captured the capital of Paktika, bordering Pakistan, according to Khalid Asad, a lawmaker from the province. He said fighting broke out in Sharana early Saturday but ended after local elders intervened to negotiate a pullout. He said the governor and other officials surrendered and were on their way to Kabul.

    Afghan Military: The High Cost of Failure
    The U.S. and NATO-trained Afghan national army has failed to put up an effective fight in face of the Taliban onslaught. Most of the country has now fallen under the control of the Mujahedeen without any serious resistance from well-equipped government forces. There are reports of government troops surrendering in large numbers to Taliban or running across the border seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
    The Afghan military failure comes at a huge price tag. “The United States spent more than $88 billion to train and equip Afghanistan’s army and police, nearly two-thirds of all of its foreign aid to the country since 2002,” the Politico noted on Friday.

    The hasty withdrawal ordered by the Biden administration has resulted in U.S. weaponry ending up in Taliban’s hands. “The Taliban seized billions of dollars of US military equipment from Kunduz Airport this week, including Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, drones and humvees, as the militant group has quickly taken control of key cities across the country,” The UK newspaper Independent reported on Friday.”

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    Not Trump….. Joe.

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  16. Michelle,

    So several droids, at 4 million a piece, choppers at 6 to 10 million a piece, and planes at even higher price tags weren’t “valuable” enough to remove?

    Doesn’t seem like they did a good job at all.

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  17. The amount of US equipment suggests the US military is over funded. Some of the material was left behind simply because it was more expensive to ship than it was worth — basic stuff like truck. Other equipment was left behind for the Afghan army and they left it for the Taliban. Probably were paid off for it, I imagine Saudi money flowing to the Taliban who then bribe Afghan soldiers to quit and give up weapons.

    If Biden packed everything up and brought it home, the right would’ve blamed him for the Afghan gov’t defeat — ie leaving nothing for our allies to fight the Taliban. Its’ a no-win situation for the US military and Biden.

    As for the drones — they’re no longer top secret. Almost every country has drones of one type or other. American drones have been shot down before — former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan. And even the most advanced American drone systems have been purchased by the Israelis who are notorious for reselling American technology to regimes the US doesn’t approve of including China. In the 1980s, Israel helped Iran circumvent a US arms embargo so Iran could purchase replacement parts for their weapons, aircraft, etc during the Iran-Iraq war. Today, Israel is the largest exporter of drones in the world selling them to almost any regime.

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  18. You know, AJ, I suspect HRW has some of this correct–too expensive to ship home.

    I also wonder if part of it was the different branches of the military–they were all there. We have a Navy corpsman friend who spent a year in Afghanistan; the Navy would not have been interested in the same material as the Air Force.

    OTOH, it may have been a quick decision, so they had to move fast.

    I’m not saying it was a right or wrong move, I simply don’t know.

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  19. Michelle — interesting although I must confess my interest did wane as he brought in Haidt….I know he’s the newest hip pop psychology intellectual but not a fan of boxes and labels.

    Both Portugal and the Netherlands prioritize mental health over criminalization. The police are an integral part of this; arrest doesn’t mean being put into the “system”. However, in North America the colossal failure of the war on drugs and the low reputation of the police makes it hard to involve the police in drug programs. Legalization also increases the safety of the drug and the ability to return to a normal life while managing the addiction; hence I favour complete legalization (except to decriminalize marijuana)

    The success of Portugal and Netherlands has more to do with social attitudes and more proactive mental health approach. The latter prevents addiction prior to starting. Socially, drug use is frowned upon in the Netherlands — I have more than 25 cousins and they have kids and grand kids — I don’t know all of them but I’ve never heard of any drug problems. In fact, my cousin’s daughter never used marijuana til she came to Canada. No one does it in Holland whereas here its incredibly common .She was shocked by the drug use (a 1/3 of adult Canadians use cannabis at least a few times a year)

    With the failure of the war on drugs came the lack of credibility to law enforcement and public health, and with the libertarian attitudes of North Americans — “I’ll decide for myself” — its no wonder the drug use is high here. The lack of a strong social disapproval is a barrier to lower the use of drugs even if are mental health system improvement.

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  20. So if you don’t move it home if too expensive, you destroy it on site.

    You don’t leave it for the enemy. You scuttle that @#$%.

    They should be well aware what happens when you don’t. History has taught us that, to those paying attention.

    “SAIGON, South Vietnam, March 28—The South Vietnamese have lost more than $1‐billion in American military weapons and other equipment over the last two weeks, according to qualified Vietnamese sources.

    The abandonment of hundreds of artillery pieces, trucks, planes, mortars, tanks, armored personnel carriers, rifles and ammunition—coupled with the rapid retreat of army units—is viewed by Vietnamese and Western sources as a stunning and, quite possibly irreversible military and psychological blow for South Vietnam.

    A senior Western official, who has spent more than a decade in South Vietnam, said today: “These losses are very, very, very considerable. It’s a catastrophic loss.”

    Another informed Western source said: “We’ve made no attempt to quantify the loss, but it’s staggering. The equipment has not been saved at all and we’re facing a devastating failure.”

    An informed Vietnamese said that the armed forces logistics command, which controls the inventory of all military equipment, had made a tentative estimate of at least $1‐billion in equipment losses—virtually all of it left over by the Americans — as a result of the Government’s abrupt decision to abandon two‐thirds of the nation and the hasty, panicky exodus of civilians and troops that followed.

    These losses are expected to be a key topic of discussion between Gen. Frederick C. Weyand, the Army Chief of Staff, who was sent here by President Ford to assess the deteriorating military situation, and Vietnam officials. General Weyand and Ambassador Graham A. Martin met this morning with President Nguyen Van Thieu for over an hour but there was no information on their discussion. The general is expected to remain here for several days.

    Lack of Coordination

    As the scale of the military retreat becomes apparent, Western military analysts and Vietnamese sources express dismay and alarm at the lack of armed‐forces coordination, “the failure of leadership up and down the line” in the chaos that has engulfed army units beset with mass defections and the huge loss of equipment to the advancing North Vietnaese.

    Beyond this, Western analysts view the civilian panic in such cities as Da Nang as symtomatic of the virtual breakdown of law and order and the Government’s failure to calm the frightened populace in the face of the deteriorating situation.

    One intelligence source said: “There’s been a complete loss of control by most of the army, by civilians. Self preservation is everything, there’s total panic at Da Nang airport, the army has left an extraordinary amount of equipment behind in the north and Central Highlands. It’s become a tragedy that I just can’t grasp.””

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    The highlighted text above could describe what’s happening now in Afghanistan perfectly..

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

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  21. Michelle,

    Just curious. A hypothetical. In the event The Commander and his crew had to abandon his multi-million dollar sub, would they abandon it and just leave it, or would they scuttle it?

    They were quite clear on what we were to do with our multi-million dollar tanks in such a scenario.

    Use your own ordnance on board to destroy it. Too much hi-tech equipment you don’t want in the hands of others.

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  22. Joe Biden, wrong again.

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  23. This hack should be canned.

    This is his baby.

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  24. Remember folks, Antifa is just an idea…..

    That assaults people on the street……

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  25. Saying since 2012 is being dishonest. This has been a failure from the start. This is Bush/Cheney’s legacy.

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  26. AJ and I can agree that its a Bush/Cheney legacy. It should have been a relatively quick go in, destroy al-queada bases, hunt down the leadership and then leave. Regime change rarely works. However, I’m Monday morning quarterbacking here and I can understand the temptation to kick the Taliban out while there. Even if that’s accomplished there was no need to stay that long.

    I agree. The captain should scuttle the ship and destroy anything valuable. However, in this case, (and Vietnam) the idea was to leave it for the gov’t forces. If US forces destroyed it while leaving, Biden’s critics would be accusing him of leaving the Afghan Army unarmed. It was a no-win situation for Biden and the US military.

    I am surprised the US didn’t use its air power to destroy equipment and aid the Afghan Army (or maybe it is and I’m missing the news). I suspect air power will come into play as the West seeks to evacuate the capital. This is a tactical or strategic decision so blame the military not Biden.

    In any case, as I said in the above, I suspect the Taliban had enough hard currency to tempt individual Afghan officers. Hard currency I’m sure comes from our good friends the Saudis. This is a country so poor that men will sell a kidney for 3000$ just so they can afford to get married. In the Congo an AK – 47 sells for the equivalent of 2 chickens. I suspect an M-4 or M-16 would get the same in Afghanistan. Sell 10 of them and your family can start selling eggs at the market. If in their shoes, I doubt many of us could resist the temptation.

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  27. Over $30 trillion spent and the country is basically where it was 20 years ago. The entire US national debt could have been paid off with that money. Far more importantly, so many wasted lives…

    Biden took a Weekend in the Country… The Taliban took a Country in a Weekend.

    All part of the plan, I’m afraid…

    Stolen elections have HUGE consequences!!!

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/taliban-seizes-presidential-palace-to-soon-declare-islamic-emirate-of-afghanistan_3949578.html

    “The Taliban has entered the presidential palace in the capital city Kabul and is now in control of the entire country, according to a highly placed source. The group is soon expected to declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

    An anonymous source inside the Afghan Defense Ministry confirmed the high ranking source’s report of the seizure of the presidential palace, which The Times of India has also reported.”

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  28. A complete and total disaster.

    “BREAKING: U.S. Embassy In Afghanistan Says Kabul Airport Being Shelled – Please Fill Out Form On The Internet To Be Evacuated…”

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  29. So let me get this straight. It’s OK to leave drones, choppers, and planes valued in the millions, but this he wants destroyed if left behind?

    Are you kidding me?

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  30. This basic SOP here folks….

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  31. Mitch pulls no punches.

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  32. My heart hurts for all those left behind. This was a travesty in everyway. I have never understood (except it is political) why anyone in their right mind would announce to their enemies their time table and movements of forces–especially a withdrawal date. Absolutely incredibly insane, IMO.

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