21 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-31-21

  1. Joe Biden allowed this.

    The triumphant re-entry…..

    “Video: No biggie, just bin Laden’s security chief triumphantly returning to Afghanistan — with Taliban protection”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/08/30/video-no-biggie-just-bin-ladens-security-chief-triumphantly-returning-to-afghanistan-with-taliban-protection-n412544

    “Say, remember when Joe Biden assured us that al-Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan? Ten days later, the security chief for Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora returned to his home province in Nangarhar, amid adulation — and Taliban protection. Amin ul-Haq even flashed a thumbs-up to his admirers out an open window as Taliban troops waved his car through a checkpoint.

    Something tells me that the Taliban might not be the strategic partners against international terrorism that the Biden administration suggests:”

    “Bill Roggio gives the context, including his observation at the ease of Taliban personnel at openly collaborating a senior AQ figure:

    Dr. Amin al Haq, the former head of bin Laden’s Black Guard, was captured on video in a large convoy as it traveled through a checkpoint in Nangarhar province. Haq was accompanied by a large convoy of heavily armed Taliban fighters in brand new SUVs. A small crowd flocked to Haq to shake his hand and take selfies with him.

    The video of al Haq is evidence that Al Qaeda commanders now feel secure enough to appear publicly in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

    It was not immediately clear if al Haq was returning to his home in eastern Afghanistan for the first time, or if he has been in Afghanistan the entire time since being released from Pakistani custody. He may have also been traversing the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Either way, the confidence to travel and operate out in the open – in plain sight for the first time in a decade – speaks to the marked change in Afghanistan over the last month.

    Ten days earlier, Biden argued that the Taliban had learned their lesson over the last twenty years, and that we had no more security interests in Afghanistan:”

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    Looks like Slow Joe gets it wrong again.

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  2. “NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Angel Calls Afghanistan “Worst Capitulation Of Western Values In My Lifetime””

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    This isn’t a joke folks, these idiots need to go. Those deaths of US servicemen last week are on Biden.

    “Wait – the Taliban Offered Control of Kabul to US Forces…And We Turned Them Down?”

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2021/08/30/waitthe-taliban-offered-control-of-kabul-to-us-forcesand-we-turned-them-down-n2594951

    “Well, the fiasco that erupted concerning the safe evacuation of American citizens from Afghanistan could have been much less chaotic. The Washington Post had a lengthy piece Sunday detailing the fall of Kabul. It circles back to everything you already know. The Taliban were racing toward reconquering the country. The Afghan government was totally aloof. And everyone in the Biden orbit was on vacation when calamity hit. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dithered on getting his act together, more concerned about the digitization of the economy than the Taliban threat. The publication noted that he agreed to step aside days before the Taliban took control of Kabul. The US assumed he would be there to help with the transitional government that included the Taliban. Instead, he fled, but here’s the real issue.

    Buried mid-way through the piece is the Taliban offering the US to take control of not just the airport but all of Kabul. Chaos was engulfing the city as news of the government’s collapse spread. Security was a priority. The Taliban offered the US to take control of the city, and we turned them down (via WaPo):

    In the void, law and order began to break down, with reports of armed gangs moving through the streets.

    In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in Doha — including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command — spoke with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing.

    “We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”

    Throughout the day, Biden had remained resolute in his decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan. The collapse of the Afghan government hadn’t changed his mind.

    McKenzie, aware of those orders, told Baradar that the U.S. mission was only to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and others at risk. The United States, he told Baradar, needed the airport to do that.

    On the spot, an understanding was reached, according to two other U.S. officials: The United States could have the airport until Aug. 31. But the Taliban would control the city.”

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  3. Take Joe’s senile butt with you on the way out.

    “Nearly 90 retired Generals and Admirals call for Gen. Milley and Lloyd Austin to resign”

    https://thepostmillennial.com/90-retired-generals-milley-resign?utm_campaign=64471

    “A group called the Flag Officers 4 America has published a press release demanding the “resignation of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS).”

    “The people in that position right now are Lloyd J. Austin III and General Mark A. Milley, respectively. Both military leaders who have had to face questions and scrutiny over the last weeks in the midst of the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan.
    According to the letter, the concerns from former military officials are that the US military gave up key locations like Bagram air base (alongside the manpower therein), in tandem with not having a concrete plan to evacuate citizens in the meantime.

    “As principal military advisors to the CINC/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms. If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement.”

    The situation as it stands this evening is that the Biden administration formally ended their military presence in Afghanistan despite admitting several hundreds of Americans were left behind.

    President Biden said he trusts the Taliban when it comes to how anyone else wants to get out.”

    “The letter from Flag Officers 4 America continues by establishing the weakness of the United States on the international stage. Places like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea have an opportunity to take advantage of the situation in light of the Biden administration’s actions.

    A whole paragraph is dedicated to how the military’s shift towards political correctness has laid the groundwork for divisiveness and a weakness of “war fighting capability.””

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    And Joe built that mess too.

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  4. McKenzie needs to go too.

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    Sadly, Joey knows this first hand.

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  5. Joe Biden’s legacy folks…..

    Enjoy!

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  6. Joe needs a distraction, so cue Pelosi and her “leak”…..

    So predictable, and so pathetic.

    “Distractions: House 1/6 committee leaks *possible* records demand on Congress, Trump”

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/08/30/distractions-house-1-6-committee-leaks-possible-records-demand-on-congress-trump-n412510

    “Do you think someone’s anxious to change the subject in this news cycle? Early this morning, CNN reported that their anonymous sources on the January 6 committee — controlled and almost entirely staffed by House Democrats — plan to demand telecom records related to members of Congress and Trump White House figures. Not that they have demanded those records, but … that they plan to do so.

    Gee, why would House Democrats want to leak this information about Donald Trump and Republicans now? Hmmmmmm …”

    The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot is set to request that a group of telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of a group of GOP members of Congress and former President Donald Trump, as well as members of the Trump family, who played some role in the “Stop the Steal” rally that served as the prelude to the Capitol insurrection.

    The records request is the first step in the committee’s investigatory process and could signal the direction they plan to go when they call witnesses.

    It is unclear what means the committee will use to compel the telecommunications companies to cooperate with their request. The committee does have subpoena power, but requesting the information — especially from members of Congress — could lead to a lengthy legal battle.

    The committee decided against making public the names of the lawmakers whose records they are targeting, three sources told CNN. But multiple sources familiar with the committee’s work have confirmed for CNN at least part of list including many of the members of Congress included in the request.

    Ahem. Is this really news? Going after the telecom records was always going to be a potential strategy. According to this report, the committee hasn’t even yet taken any action in that direction, but merely that they’re “set to request” the records. Even as a trial balloon, it’s half-inflated at best. Get back to us when they actually issue a subpoena.

    As a subject-changer, it’s … not much better either. It’s a desperate attempt by House Democrats to put the riot back to the top of the headlines and distract the media from Joe Biden and his disastrous disgrace in Afghanistan. The leaks themselves remind us just how political and manipulative this committee is and will be in the future. A serious commission, properly balanced and run by people no longer in political office, would simply keep their heads down and let their actions speak for themselves. This committee operates on the basis of how much interference they can run for Democrats in the midterms, and for Biden if he runs for re-election, by with distractions from their current performance.”

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  7. This is the highest law enforcement officer in the land ignoring the law and what the Supreme Court said was illegal.

    So glad this idiot never made it to the SC.

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    Meanwhile, the only people who can do something, aren’t……..

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  8. Brilliant!

    So they won’t do it….

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    Part of the problem, but never the solution….

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  9. And as expected, Joe knuckles under to his Chinese overlords…..

    A whitewash is all this is…. which explains the Friday news dump on it. So predictable and pathetic they are…..

    “DNI: Here’s your useless two-page report on the origins of the pandemic”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/08/30/dni-heres-your-useless-two-page-report-on-the-origins-of-the-pandemic-n412500

    “On Friday night, our Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, submitted the unclassified version of her agency’s report on the investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Nobody who has been paying any attention was expecting much and most assumed it was going to be fairly useless. But just how bad was it? For starters, it was one and a half pages long. That was a pretty good indication that they didn’t exactly crack the code and reach some incredible scientific or intelligence breakthrough. But as Jim Geraghty points out in today’s Morning Jolt, it was actually worse than that. The few possibilities they offered were already long known to the public, but some other, juicer material that has been available for some time now was entirely left out of it.

    Late Friday, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines released a page-and-a-half summary of the intelligence community’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19, offering almost nothing new to what was publicly known about the start of the pandemic. The summary offered less information than most lengthy magazine pieces, offering the obvious and unhelpful conclusion that “all agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and laboratory-associated incident.”

    Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the released two-page intelligence report is that it simply doesn’t mention or address several key points that have appeared in the news in the past few months, attributed to sources within the U.S. intelligence community.

    So what we’re left with is a report generated from the highest levels of the United States intelligence community that ignores publicly available information that was attributed to the United States intelligence community. What sort of information? Jim offers several examples.

    First, there is a Wall Street Journal report that came out way back in May. That was when we learned that at least three doctors working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill at the same time in November of 2019. Their symptoms were consistent with COVID, but other diseases couldn’t be ruled out.

    That was amplified when Josh Rogin was talking to Bari Weiss on her podcast last week. We learned that those Wuhan researchers had lost their sense of smell and developed “ground-glass” opacities in their lungs. That doesn’t happen with the flu. In fact, COVID is one of the only things known to cause those symptoms.

    Then there was John Ratcliffe’s interview on Fox earlier this month. (He used to hold the same job as Avril Haines.) They had been searching for the source also and never found a single case of that virus jumping from an animal to a person, while the lab was known to have been working on similar medical technology.

    All of this information was available to the office of the DNI. How did none of it make it into the report? Perhaps it’s in the classified version, but why withhold that from the public if that’s the case? Doesn’t sound like a matter of national security to me. Is the administration deliberately trying to avoid suggesting anything that could implicate China? And if so, why?”

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    You know why…..

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  10. So now Biden and his ilk are accusing the Brits for the deaths of our Marines? Stinking unbelievable…if it’s not Trump it’s the Brits now?

    Top British Officials Blast U.S. Claims That U.K. Was Reason Abbey Gate Was Open: ‘It’s Just Not True“…..

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  11. From World magazine’s email today:

    ~ One of my favorite recurring segments on The World and Everything in It podcast is History Book by Katie Gaultney. Each Monday, Katie recounts the events of the past and reminds us that there really is nothing new under the sun—even political scandals. From this week:

    General Marc Antony has divorced his Roman wife, leaving her for Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Now, Julius Caesar’s heir, Octavian, is challenging Antony for power off the western coast of Greece. Oh, and adding fuel to the gossip flames? Antony’s abandoned Roman wife is Octavian’s sister. Those were the top headlines 2040 years ago. ~

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  12. Perspective.

    The tyranny of the urgent can consume us (and working in the news business I understand it all too well).

    Deep breaths. Big picture.

    God.

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  13. The tyranny is the current Covid scolds who won’t dare allow anyone an alternative to the jabs.

    The big picture is uninformed voters elected an incompetent fool.

    God is laughing at us for our stupidity.

    I’m calm, I bare no fault for this idiocy, I voted for Trump. 🙂

    If you didn’t, own it.

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  14. Ungrateful and incompetent %$#@$@%$.

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  16. Aged like fine milk in the hot sun….

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  17. They deserve better given their sacrifice.

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    But a reckoning for their incompetence won’t happen anytime soon.

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  18. America will pay a steep price for this, in credibility and who knows what else.

    “Taliban commit ‘house-to-house executions’ in Kabul after US exit as chilling audio demonstrates Afghans’ fear”

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-kabul-executions-afghanistan-gunshots-audio

    “Horrifying audio of distant gunshots appears to confirm reports of “house-to-house executions” as the Taliban asserts control of Kabul and Afghanistan after the U.S. military’s departure on Monday evening.

    An Afghan man who worked with Americans on the ground provided Fox News with the chilling audio featuring distant gunshots.

    “I think there’s a conflict between the Taliban, I have no idea where I’m located. From everywhere I hear the sounds of shooting, gunfire. I have no idea how to leave,” the Afghan man said in the audio clip, recorded around the time the final U.S. plane left Kabul.

    Distant gunshots rang in the background in the audio clip.”

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  19. Some good news: That video that seemed to show the Taliban hanging a man from a helicopter was not what it seemed.

    “Firstly, an Afghan journalist, Bilal Sarwary, claimed to have personally known the pilot of the helicopter, and confirmed via Twitter that the man was being held by a harness, and was attempting – unsuccessfully – to install a Taliban flag upon some installation.”

    He was also seen waving to some people.

    https://www.thatsnonsense.com/does-video-show-taliban-hanging-a-man-from-helicopter-fact-check/?fbclid=IwAR1O1K8fVxHrpUEOb1gp7jbYuXVzs8_ZXxmfe7wo7FRhVTMUIA6MCaFSbRI

    Interestingly, I felt a slight check in my spirit when I was thinking of mentioning that to Nightingale (to not do so). Then the thought came to me that reminded me that these videos are often not what they are purported to be, and that I should look into it first. (But before I even got around to that, I came across this link on Facebook.)

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