Aug 17 11:01

Banning American conservatives from social media and not the Taliban proves we don’t know who the bad guys are any more

Where is the sense in banning Donald Trump from Twitter on the grounds of ‘inciting violence’ yet allowing the Taliban to carry on tweeting as they storm the presidential palace in Kabul?

In the years since 9/11 a political divide emerged within America that widened through the Obama years, continued to expand during Trump’s tenure and, despite Biden’s claims to the contrary, still grows today. We have seen the definitions of words constantly changed or applied in places that make no sense. Terms like racist, homophobe, and sexist are used as epithets for people that others don't agree with rather than for those who genuinely hate black people, gays or women. In the age of social media, it seems we can’t even work out who the terrorists are, either.

Aug 17 11:00

High-res satellite photos shows Kabul airport chaos as crowds of Afghans swarm runway in desperate effort to flee (PHOTOS)

High-quality satellite images have captured the ongoing Kabul airport debacle, showing droves of Afghans on the runway, attempting to leave aboard Western evacuation flights after the country fell to the Taliban.

The images, released by US-based Maxar Technologies on Monday, revealed scenes taken from above the airport after the Afghan capital was seized by the militants.

Aug 17 10:53

From US withdrawal to fall of Kabul: A timeline of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan

Joe Biden vowed an orderly withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and expressed faith in government forces. Barely two months on, the Taliban have overrun the country and ousted its president. How did things deteriorate so fast?

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ostensibly to fight Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups. The Western coalition quickly expelled the Taliban from major cities, but the insurgency never stopped – and war raged for two decades.

Aug 17 10:52

Fmr CIA Analyst Zeller: Biden Lied, No Plan to Stop Allies Being Slaughtered by ‘Nazi’ Taliban

Former CIA analyst Matt Zeller told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Monday on her show “Deadline” that President Joe Biden lied to the American people during his address on the chaotic evacuation of Afghans that worked with our military over the last 20 years.

On Biden’s speech, Zeller said, “I feel like I watched a different speech than the rest of you guys. I was appalled. There was such a profound bald-faced lie in that speech, the idea we planned for every contingency? I have been personally trying to tell this administration since it took office. I have been trying to tell our government for years this was coming. We sent them plan after plan on how to evacuate these people. Nobody listened to us. They didn’t plan for the evacuation of our Afghan war-time allies. They’re trying to conduct it now at the 11th hour.”

Aug 17 10:51

Islamist Pakistan PM: Taliban Has ‘Broken the Shackles of Slavery’

The Taliban terror group’s reconquering of Kabul on Sunday broke the “shackles” of a “cultural enslavement” Afghanistan endured since the U.S. invaded the country in 2001, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, a hardline Islamist, argued on Monday.

Aug 17 10:49

EU foreign policy chief: Taliban ‘WON THE WAR,’ we’ll have to talk to them – and acknowledge mistakes

Aug 17 10:35

Kabul airport WILL reopen today as more US soldiers arrive after eight people died and stowaways plunged to their deaths - amid fears chaos could provide an opening for a terrorist attack

Kabul airport will reopen on Tuesday, US officials have vowed, as extra security is drafted in to manage the evacuation of thousands of foreign nationals and Afghans trying to escape Taliban rule amid mounting fears that Islamic State could commit a terror atrocity in the country.

Joe Biden defended the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, two decades after NATO forces invaded the country and toppled the Taliban regime following the September 11, 2001 attacks, as he blamed Donald Trump and the Afghan security services for the anarchy engulfing the country.

Aug 17 10:35

Russian diplomat says panic at Kabul airport was provoked by US

The panic at Kabul’s airport that resulted in the death of several civilians stemmed from the United States’ actions during the evacuation of its nationals from Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday.

"This way or another, directly or indirectly, this situation stemmed from the corresponding actions of US representatives. <…> The United States sent extra forces to ensure safe evacuation of its diplomats and citizens. They provoked chaos at the airport, with numerous civil flights being delayed. You saw what followed. So, the situation at the Kabul airport was extraordinary indeed," she said in an interview with the Moskva-24 television channel.

Aug 17 10:34

Lavrov, Blinken discuss situation in Afghanistan after its president’s flight

The situation in Afghanistan in light of the actual change of regime in that country was the focus of a telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday.

"The sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan after that country’s head of state fled the country and following the collapse of power bodies and amid the actual change of the regime," the ministry said, adding that the conversation was initiated by the US side.

"Sergey Lavrov informed his US counterpart about Russia’s views on the situation and about the Russian embassy’s contacts with representatives from all key political forces in Afghanistan in the interests of ensuring stability, law and order," the ministry said.

Aug 17 10:33

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back with a Bang

In the end, the Saigon moment happened faster than any Western intel “expert” expected. This is one for the annals: four frantic days that wrapped up the most astonishing guerrilla blitzkrieg of recent times. Afghan-style: lots of persuasion, lots of tribal deals, zero columns of tanks, minimal loss of blood.

August 12 set the scene, with the nearly simultaneous capture of Ghazni, Kandahar and Herat. On August 13, the Taliban were only 50 kilometers from Kabul. August 14 started with the siege of Maidan Shahr, the gateway to Kabul.

Ismail Khan, the legendary elder Lion of Herat, struck a self-preservation deal and was sent by the Taliban as a top-flight messenger to Kabul: President Ashraf Ghani should step out, or else.

Aug 17 10:25

Germany’s first Afghan evacuation plane leaves with only 7 people despite Merkel’s plan to evacuate 10,000

Germany’s first plane in Kabul since the airport was flooded with desperate Afghans seeking a way out of the country failed to evacuate more than seven people. Berlin’s defense minister blamed chaos on the tarmac for the failure.

On Tuesday, Germany reported that only seven people had successfully been evacuated from Kabul on the A400M transport plane – the first German aircraft to arrive at the airport since the Taliban took control of the capital on Monday. Shortly after the militant group captured the city, thousands flooded the airport in a desperate bid to escape persecution. The overcrowded runway forced the German aircraft to undertake a “breakneck landing,” according to Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Aug 17 10:17

Steve Hilton torches Biden over 'disastrous misadventure' with Afghanistan

Aug 17 10:16

Slavoj Zizek: The real reason why the Taliban has retaken Afghanistan so quickly, which Western liberal media avoids mentioning

The Western media tell us there can be several explanations for that. The first one is blatantly racist: the Afghan people there are simply not mature enough for democracy, they long for religious fundamentalism – a ridiculous claim if there ever was one. Half a century ago, Afghanistan was a (moderately) enlightened country with a strong Communist Party known as the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, which even managed to take power for some years. Afghanistan became religiously fundamentalist only later, as a reaction to the Soviet occupation which aimed to prevent the collapse of communist power.

Another explanation the media gives us is terror, as the Taliban ruthlessly executes those who oppose its politics.

A further one is faith: the Taliban simply believe their acts fulfill the task imposed on them by God and their victory is guaranteed. So, they can afford to be patient because time is on their side.

Aug 17 10:15

‘Extremely concerned’: WHO says Kabul chaos has slowed Covid-19 vaccination drive

The World Health Organization has registered its concern about the rapidly deteriorating health situation in Afghanistan, as the Taliban takeover and chaos at Kabul airport have slowed Covid vaccinations.

On Tuesday, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a UN briefing that upheaval in war-torn Afghanistan, triggered by the Taliban’s capture of Kabul, was contributing to a worsening health situation.

“As the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate rapidly, WHO is extremely concerned over the unfolding safety and humanitarian needs in the country, including risk of disease outbreaks and rise in Covid-19 transmission,” Jasarevic stated.

Aug 17 10:14

Afghan currency crashes amid turmoil as central bank chief flees Kabul

Afghanistan’s national currency, the afghani, continued to plummet on Tuesday as Taliban fighters took control over the capital city of Kabul. The head of the country’s central bank, Ajmal Ahmady, has fled the country.

According to messages left by the governor in a Twitter thread, the central bank was told there would be no more dollar supplies, which cut the regulator’s ability to bolster national currency, spreading more panic across the country.

The afghani dropped 1.7% on Tuesday to 83.5013 against the US dollar, marking the fourth day of decline, according to data tracked by Bloomberg.

“Currency spiked from a stable 81 to almost 100 then back to 86. I held meetings on Saturday to reassure banks and money exchangers to calm them down,” Ahmady wrote.

Aug 17 10:13

Pay Taliban reparations? UK anti-war fruitcakes’ plan is an insult to the thousands of Afghans and Allies killed by Islamist thugs

The loony left is alive and well in the ranks of the Stop The War coalition as they suggest paying reparations to the Taliban after the war that has decimated Afghanistan, left thousands dead and cost the UK and US trillions.

There have been some poor decisions made about Afghanistan during the 20-year-long war but nowhere, no-how at no time has the suggestion of paying reparations to the murderous Taliban ever been considered, until it was suggested on Sunday by the Stop The War Coalition.

A ragtag collective of clueless no-hopers that counts former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his equally dopey sidekick Diane Abbott among former members, someone must be putting something in the herbal tea at the meetings of these British anti-war campaigners.

Aug 17 10:12

Taliban promises peace, amnesty, rights ‘within Sharia law’ & ‘narcotics-free’ Afghanistan in first intl media press conference

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid made numerous sweeping claims in a Tuesday press conference saying the Taliban is focused on forming a government in Afghanistan, will observe women’s rights and has “pardoned” wartime enemies.

“We have all borders under control,” Mujahid told reporters at the first media conference in Kabul since its takeover by the Taliban. He promised that a government is “seriously” being formed and “it will be announced after completion.”

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Aug 17 09:51

"Holy F**k, Holy Cow!" - Shocking New Images/Audio Highlight Afghanis' Desperation Amid Kabul Exodus

A startling photo has emerged of hundreds of Afghans crammed into a U.S. military C-17 that took off from Kabul amid the chaos and landed in Qatar, suggesting that the military was forced to make decisions to take off with refugees aboard, in the wake of a complete lack of any contingency from the hapless Biden administration.

Here’s the photo of the inside of the plane:

Aug 17 09:51

Defense officials say they'll save 5,000 a day from Kabul but 'up to 40,000' Americans remain stranded: Taliban fighters close in on airport after taking ALL access points which forces US troops to negotiate with them on who gets in

US defense officials in charge of evacuating Americans and Afghan refugees from Kabul claim they'll remove 5,000 every day but so far, they've only rescued 1,400 since Sunday and as many as 40,000 remain stranded and the Taliban is fast encroaching on the airport, the last safe place for anyone trying to get out.

At a briefing on Tuesday morning, US Army Major General Hank Taylor revealed 700 people were flown out of the region overnight on seven C-17 jets. The number included 165 US citizens and the rest were for foreign nationals.

He claimed between 5,000 and 9,000 people will be removed every day on one flight per hour but there was no sign of any US plane at the airport on Tuesday while Indian, French and British jets were taking off.

Aug 17 09:39

NBC On Biden’s Failed Withdrawal: “International Jihadi Movement Is Now Seeing Itself Reinvigorated”

Aug 17 09:39

As U.S. Retreats, China Looks To Back Taliban With Afghan Mining Investments

The U.S. defeat in Afghanistan threatens to undermine already limited U.S. credibility and geostrategic leverage. With the ascendance of the Taliban, the energy infrastructure and natural resources of the region are now more in jeopardy than ever since 2001, the year the U.S. chased out the Taliban regime.

While the Taliban takes stock of the natural resources and U.S.-funded infrastructure now at their disposal, strategic competitors including China and Russia will eye lucrative development projects that boost their regional ambitions.

Aug 17 09:38

Biden's speech on Afghanistan fact-checked

In his speech on Monday evening, President Joe Biden made a series of assertions about US policy in Afghanistan and the reasons behind his decision to withdraw forces from the country.

BBC News has fact-checked some of his claims, comparing them with his earlier statements on Afghanistan and the situation on the ground.

'Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation building.'
President Biden stressed the purpose behind the US intervention in Afghanistan had "always been preventing a terrorist attack on American homeland" and "never supposed to be creating a unified centralised democracy".

This clearly contradicts his previous positions on the US objective in Afghanistan.

Aug 17 09:37

Biden had a chance to save US allies in Afghanistan. He wasted it.

After the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, many Afghans who aided the United States’ 20-year war effort are looking to flee.

Some Afghan allies have been told by US authorities not to go to the Kabul airport, currently the only available exit point, and to shelter in place until instructed otherwise. Many have shown up at the airport nonetheless, desperately trying to escape, even though civilian flights were temporarily suspended, with some even clinging onto a US military aircraft as it was mid-takeoff.

As they look for viable routes to safety, these allies have also had to grapple with whether they should destroy documents proving that they worked for the US government, which could either be their golden ticket to America or a death sentence if the Taliban finds them.

Aug 17 09:36

Taliban vow to honor women's rights but within Islamic law

A Taliban spokesman promised Tuesday that the insurgents who overran Afghanistan in recent days would respect women's rights and would not exact revenge, seeking to calm a wary population and skeptical world powers.

In his first news conference, Zabihullah Mujahid, who had been a shadowy figure for years, doubled down on the Taliban's efforts to convince the world that it has changed from the group that imposed a brutal rule on the country in the 1990s.

Mujahid promised the Taliban would honor women’s rights, but within the norms of Islamic law. He said the group wanted private media to “remain independent,” but stressed journalists “should not work against national values.” And he promised the insurgents would secure Afghanistan — but seek no revenge against those who worked with the former government or with foreign governments or forces.

Aug 17 09:36

Veterans wanted out of Afghanistan, but sudden collapse brings mental health to light

As chaos erupted in Kabul, the Afghan president fled the country and the Taliban seized power, Dan Caldwell said he had an inkling of what veterans who served there might be feeling.

Caldwell, a Marine veteran, watched with mixed emotions in 2014 as the Islamic State group took control of Hit, the town where he had been stationed in Iraq.

“Just about every place that I served was overtaken by ISIS,” he said. “I went through a range of emotions when that happened: I was angry, somewhat depressed. I felt empty. And I think that a lot of Afghanistan veterans are struggling with that, and they're struggling with it in their own unique way.”

Aug 17 09:31

Ingraham: The collapse of Afghanistan represents another catastrophic failure of our political establishment

Aug 17 08:58

Saudi Arabia 1st to recognize renewal of Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan?

Saudi Arabia is reportedly to recognize renewal of the Taliban’s rule over Afghanistan as the militant group’s flash takeover of the country has given rise to mixed messages, mostly of warning, from across the world.

Reporting on Monday, some media outlets alleged that Riyadh had thrown its support behind the militants. Earlier in the day, the militants rode into the presidential palace in the capital Kabul to mark the frosting on the cake on their recent lightning advances throughout Afghanistan.

Russia’s Sputnik news agency said Riyadh had become the “first country to recognize the Taliban” as Afghanistan’s new masters.

The government in Riyadh has not yet said anything in corroboration of the reports, other than reporting that it had begun evacuating the Saudi diplomats from the kingdom’s mission in the Central Asian country.

Aug 17 08:58

Merkel party chief calls Afghanistan pullout 'biggest NATO debacle' since its founding

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party has called the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan the "biggest NATO debacle" since the founding of the US-led military alliance.

“With the Taliban sweeping to power after NATO troops withdrew, it is evident that this engagement of the international community was not successful,” Armin Laschet said at a closed-door meeting of Germany’s Christian Democrat party on Monday.

“It is the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its founding, and we're standing before an epochal change."

Aug 17 08:57

The fall of Kabul is warning sign for Israel

The only surprise was not that Afghanistan fell to the Islamist terror group, but how rapidly it happened.

While the evacuation of U.S. forces and personnel was due to take another two weeks, the Taliban choose not to wait.

It is still unclear how both presidents were so ignorant that what did happen could happen. Biden promised that "there's going to be no circumstance" for a rerun of the images from the fall of Saigon in April 1975, but the scenes from Kabul gave lie to that vow.

As with Afghanistan, the U.S. departed Vietnam leaving behind a divided state and millions of deaths, including thousands of fallen American soldiers.
The coming months and years will see a plethora of books trying to explain why the U.S. and the rest of the West were so strategically blind.

How could the world's most powerful superpower once again allow itself to become ensnared in a two-decade war of attrition that it ultimately lost?

Aug 17 08:16

Mainstream Media Rediscovers Decade Old Ron Paul Afghanistan Speech: "He Was Right"

There's always a clip... the great Ron Paul predicted everything. While horrific scenes from Kabul airport drove headlines in the West, former Congressman Paul's words are trending once again. Newsweek of all outlets is on Monday running a simple headline: 'Ron Paul Was Right'.

In 2011, two years before he retired from Congress, he stepped to the House floor to take up the question of 'should we leave Afghanistan'. He said exactly ten years ago: "If we don't get out now, we'll be there for another ten years."

Aug 17 08:04

Biden State Dept Is Calling For New Taliban Govt. To Be More ‘Inclusive’ — Maybe They Can Stone Straight Men To Death Too?

With unbelievable irony, the Biden State Department echoed a UN call today for an ‘inclusive’ government in Afghanistan:

Aug 17 08:04

The Atlantic: "Afghanistan Is Your Fault"

The Atlantic editor-and-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, a neocon propagandist who helped lie America into forever wars in the Middle East, on Monday published an article from NeverTrumper Tom Nichols blaming the American people for the failure of the war in Afghanistan.

Aug 17 07:54

Uzbekistan forced 46 Afghan military aircraft to land as HUNDREDS of Afghan soldiers attempted to cross border illegally

Hundreds of Afghan military personnel ended up in Uzbekistan over the weekend, after they fled the Taliban offensive, the Uzbek authorities said on Monday, adding that they had to “forcibly” land dozens of rogue aircraft.

Uzbekistan had to force-land as many as 46 Afghan military aircraft on Saturday and Sunday, the nation’s Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement on Monday. A total of 22 military planes and 24 military helicopters were landed at Termez Airport, in southern Uzbekistan, the statement added.

Over 700 Afghan soldiers arrived in Uzbekistan – which is located to the north of Afghanistan – on board an aircraft, and 158 soldiers and civilians arrived on foot, having crossed the Amu Darya River separating the two nations, the officials said. Those who arrived on foot have been accused of illegally entering Uzbek territory, RIA news agency reported, citing the Uzbek prosecutors.

Aug 17 07:54

As German military plane FAILS to land in Kabul, Merkel calls US-led Afghanistan mission ‘NOT AS SUCCESSFUL’ as hoped

Overcrowding on the runway at Kabul airport has forced a German military plane to divert and refuel without evacuating anyone on the ground. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel bemoaned the lack of “success” in Afghanistan.

Three Luftwaffe Airbus A440M transport planes took off from Wunstorf, in Germany, on Monday, bound for Kabul. Carrying paratroopers for security, the aircraft were set to evacuate German diplomats and citizens stranded in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country.

However, Kabul airport was overrun with crowds of Afghans desperately attempting to hitch a ride out of the country on American military aircraft, or one of the few grounded commercial planes remaining on the tarmac. As a result, the first of the German planes was unable to land, Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal told broadcaster ZDF.

Aug 17 07:53

America’s NARRATIVE failure in Afghanistan is worse than its military one – Now the entire world knows the emperor has no clothes

Afghanistan may not be the actual ‘graveyard of empires,’ but it looks set to bury at least the American one, by imploding the major narratives on which it has rested: invincibility, inevitability, prosperity and competence.

It has to be an irony above all ironies that the same man who, back in 1992, celebrated the demise of the Soviet “puppet regime” in Kabul ended up leading a US puppet regime there. Except, whereas Dr. Najibullah ruled for three years after the last Soviet soldier crossed the Friendship Bridge into Uzbekistan, Ashraf Ghani resigned and fled even before the last American boot left Afghan soil – reportedly forgetting bags of cash on the tarmac, no less.

Aug 17 07:50

Hollywood Goes Completely Insane: Celebs Blame Trump For Afghanistan Collapse — “It’s His Fault, Not Biden’s!”

Following President Biden’s failed pullout from Afghanistan, Hollywood celebrities have rushed to his defense, unanimously saying that the failure is Donald Trump’s fault.

Trump-hating celebrities including Bette Midler, Rosanna Arquette, George Takei and others took to twitter to immediately blame the disaster on Trump.

Aug 17 07:40

Congressional Reaction To Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal Has Been Scathing

Congressional outcry over the Biden's administration's handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban's takeover of the country has been swift.

Criticism of the administration was bipartisan: Republicans were scathing about the White House's actions, and Democrats, while acknowledging that President Biden was carrying out the policies of his predecessor, criticized the haphazard manner of the U.S. withdrawal.

Biden addressed the increasing criticism Monday afternoon and defended his position in his first public remarks since the Taliban moved into Kabul, Afghanistan's capital.

Here's a look at what members of Congress have said:

Aug 17 07:18

Gorbachev, leader who pulled Soviets from Afghanistan, says U.S. campaign was doomed from start

Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader who oversaw the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan in 1989 after Moscow's failed decade-long campaign there, said on Tuesday that NATO's own deployment to the country had been doomed from the start.

Aug 17 07:18

Taliban announce 'amnesty,' urge women to join government

The Taliban declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate crowds tried to flee their rule.

Following a blitz across Afghanistan that saw many cities fall to the insurgents without a fight, the Taliban have sought to portray themselves as more moderate than when they imposed a brutal rule in the late 1990s. But many Afghans remain skeptical.

Older generations remember the Taliban’s ultraconservative Islamic views, which included severe restrictions on women as well as stonings, amputations and public executions before they were ousted by the U.S-led invasion that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Aug 17 07:16

The US Military Couldn’t Fight Without Its Contractors, How Was the Afghan Army Made in Its Image Supposed To?

The Afghan government outpost in Imam Sahib, a district of northern Kunduz province, held out for two months after being surrounded by the Taliban. At first, elite commando units would come once a week on a resupply run. Then, these runs became more scarce, as did the supplies.

“In the last days, there was no food, no water and no weapons,” said trooper Taj Mohammad, 38. Fleeing in one armored personnel carrier and one Ford Ranger, the remaining men finally made a run to the relative safety of the provincial capital, which collapsed weeks later. They left behind another 11 APCs to the Taliban.

As district after district fell in this summer’s Taliban offensive, without much visible support from the Afghan national army and police forces, other soldiers simply made the calculation that it wasn’t worth fighting anymore—especially if the Taliban offered them safe passage home, as they usually did.

Aug 17 07:06

Not even CNN could 'cover up' for Joe Biden as Taliban beat Afghan army: Murray

Aug 17 07:00

Some clear thinking on Afghanistan

Aug 17 06:40

Was America Attacked by Afghanistan on September 11, 2001?

The legal argument used by Washington and NATO to invade Afghanistan was that the September 11 attacks constituted an undeclared “armed attack” “from abroad” by an unnamed foreign power, and that consequently “the laws of war” apply, allowing the nation under attack, to strike back in the name of “self-defense”.

Both the media and the US government, in chorus, continue to point to the 9/11 attacks and the role of Al Qaeda, allegedly supported by Afghanistan, when in fact (amply documented) Al Qaeda was an intelligence asset created by the CIA.

Lest we forget, Osama bin Laden had been recruited by National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in the 1980s during the so-called Soviet-Afghan war.

The bombing and invasion of Afghanistan was described as a “campaign” against “Islamic terrorists”, rather than a war.

To this date, however, there is no proof that Al Qaeda was behind the 9/11 attacks.

Aug 17 06:31

“How Could They Not Hate You Forever?”

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Content warning: This story includes accounts of graphic violence

As the United States leaves Afghanistan after 20 years of war, a chaotic scene is unfolding with the Taliban reasserting control over the country in mere days as the state’s government and military collapsed.

It’s hard to know what comes next. Thousands of Afghans are begging to be airlifted out of the country, pleading with American officials at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to put them in planes and get them to safety. The situation in the country is increasingly dangerous and may have already changed by the time you read this.

Aug 17 06:31

Tucker: We are led by buffoons, everything they touch turns to chaos

Aug 17 06:30

PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL: US Embassy in Kabul Was Celebrating Pride Month as Taliban Launched Final Campaign to Retake Country

As the Taliban launched their final campaign to retake the country the Biden Administration and General Milley were celebrating Pride Month in Kabul.

That’s important.

Aug 17 06:30

The Atlantic: "Afghanistan Is Your Fault"

The Atlantic editor-and-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, a neocon propagandist who helped lie America into forever wars in the Middle East, on Monday published an article from NeverTrumper Tom Nichols blaming the American people for the failure of the war in Afghanistan.

Aug 17 06:08

Ingraham calls on top millitary brass to resign

Aug 17 06:07

‘Not Saigon’: Human Remains Found in the Wheel Well of a C-17

Human remains were discovered in the wheel well of one of the military planes after it landed in a third country, according to several people familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

It is believed that they were Afghans who climbed aboard the landing gear and attempted to stow away as the plane took off. People familiar with the situation said the pilots declared an emergency when they could not put their landing gear up. The crew diverted and landed in a nearby third country, and some human remains were found in the wheel well when it was inspected, they said.

Aug 17 06:06

US may seize Afghanistan’s national reserves, but its threat to isolate Taliban is, indeed, ‘unmoored from reality’

The West attempted to halt the Taliban’s march on Kabul with a threat of international isolation, but enforcing such a measure now that the city has fallen may be impossible, with Washington’s global hegemony in decline.

As Taliban forces were on their final push to take the Afghan capital, the West was issuing threats of reprisals, should the militants take power by force. A Taliban government would become “global pariahs,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy to the country, warned.

The Islamists “would face non-recognition, isolation [and] lack of international support,” EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell said. The same sentiment came from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

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US foreign policy is as demented as the US President!

Aug 17 06:05

No wonder the defence secretary is in tears – Afghanistan is the UK’s biggest military humiliation since Suez

Anthony Eden was forced out of Downing Street over the military debacle in Egypt 65 years ago, so will Boris Johnson lose his premiership over this equally embarrassing rout? He should...

As the Taliban reasserts its dominance over Afghanistan, and the West’s unseemly scuttle continues, the UK is hastily attempting to get its citizens out of the capital. It is not just a capitulation to the forces of extreme Islamism – it is a national embarrassment.

Around 4,000 British nationals and Afghans eligible to claim refuge in the UK are trying to flee Kabul. Some 600 of our highly skilled and brave Parachute Regiment have been deployed to get out as many people as they can. Yet it is clear now that not all of them will be successful in their attempts to leave.

Aug 17 05:55

Faced with the human catastrophe in Kabul, Israel needs to receive refugees from Afghanistan

Faced with the human catastrophe in Kabul, Israel needs to take in refugees from Afghanistan

The State Department's signing of a statement of American support for the Afghan people is a worthy but unsatisfactory step.

In the face of the shocking images that come after the occupation of the Taliban, Israel needs to join the rest of the Western world and absorb Afghan refugees, especially those who will be the target of persecution.

The move can also have political significance

Aug 17 05:54

FAIL: Biden’s Pentagon Spox Said Kabul Was Not in an “Imminent Threat Environment” Just 3 Days Ago

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby told reporters, “Kabul is not right now in an imminent threat environment, but clearly… if you just look at what the Taliban has been doing, you can see that they are trying to isolate Kabul.”

Aug 16 13:50


By the time you read this, the Taliban may already be in Kabul. If not now, then soon.

Nixon wanted—and got—his decent interval between the United States pullout of Vietnam and the inevitable North Vietnamese takeover. Afghanistan’s interval was never going to be decent, but I confess I expected an interval. We’re scrambling to leave in time, we’re racing for the helicopters as the Taliban burns through Afghanistan like a forest fire.

I remember Afghanistan well. I deployed there twice—once in 2008, and again in 2009–2010. It was already obvious that the Taliban would sweep through the very instant we left. And here we are today.

I know how bad the Taliban is. I know what they do to women and little boys. I know what they’re going to do to the interpreters and the people who cooperated with us, it’s awful, it’s bad, but we are leaving, and all I feel is grim relief.

Aug 16 13:04

Americans trapped in Kabul told to fill out an online evacuation form as Taliban take over

The State Department on Sunday told Americans in Kabul that their best chance of survival is to hide.

"The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place," the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement published on its website on Sunday.

The embassy then told everyone that even as the Taliban took over Kabul, it is vital to have the proper paperwork in order.

Aug 16 11:31

Insane traffic jam…

Capital Kabul right now, Traffic blocked, everyone is in a hurry and are rushing to their homes.

Aug 16 11:24

Biden pulled out without negotiating the release of American POWs

As the Taliban seize control of Afghanistan, #MarkFrerichs, the last American hostage, is still in their custody. The US did not negotiate his release before withdrawing troops.

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Aug 16 11:21

President Biden Orders 7,000 US Troops To Protect Kabul Airport After Horrific Scenes

With President Biden scrambling back to the White House to contain the unmitigated disaster that is the American pullout from Afghanistan, the Administration has decided to pull a complete 180, and send thousands of troops back to Afghanistan. Fox News' Pentagon correspondent Lucas Tomlinson reported that Biden (commander-in-chief of the American military) has ordered another 1,000 paratroopers fro the 82nd Airborne to Kabul. That will bring the total number of ground troops to 7,000.

Aug 16 11:21

President Biden To Address The Nation About Afghanistan At 1545ET

Having been largely silent in the last few days as the disaster erupts in Afghanistan, it appears President Biden has ignored the reported advice of Dr. Jill - that he doesn't need to return from Camp David and can project his power from anywhere - and is returning to the White House from Camp David and deliver an address on the crisis in Afghanistan at 3:45 p.m. ET, following the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban's declaration of victory.

Having been proven completely incorrect on his recent projections on what would happen after the US military withdrawal...

Aug 16 11:20

Ousted Afghan President Fled Country With Cars, Helicopter "Stuffed Full Of Cash"

It was widely reported Sunday that as the Taliban was at the gates of Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani was quick to flee the country towards neighboring Tajikistan. This no doubt signaled national troops on the ground that there was little point in putting up much resistance, given their commander-in-chief had high-tailed it out at the first sign of enemies closing in, while not even so much as addressing the Afghan people.

According to a Russian embassy statement on Monday, the circumstances of Ghani's departure are even worse, with the embassy in Kabul saying Ghani "had fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in," according to RIA news agency quotes cited in Reuters.

His precise whereabouts are now unknown, with Russian officials taking the opportunity to slam his cowardice as the Afghan population suffers.

Aug 16 11:20

Ousted president who fled Afghanistan with ‘bags of cash’ wrote article in 1989 predicting end of Soviet ‘puppet regime’ in Kabul

Internet pundits have expressed great amusement after discovering a 30-year-old article in which just-deposed Ashraf Ghani was anticipating the rapid downfall of the Afghan government following the Soviet military’s exit in 1989.

The former Afghan president, who relinquished power to the Taliban in Kabul on Sunday, reportedly escaped the city with enormous quantities of money and other loot, provoking accusations of grift and betrayal.

But the surprisingly swift downfall of his US-backed government – which occurred even before the US military was able to fully withdraw from the country – was particularly momentous for history buffs. Within hours of Ghani’s unceremonious departure, internet sleuths dug up an old classic that the now-ousted president had penned for the Los Angeles Times, which rejoiced at the Soviet military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in February 1989.

Aug 16 11:19

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

“The Taliban regime is coming to an end,” announced President George W. Bush at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on December 12, 2001 — almost twenty years ago today. Five months later, Bush vowed: “In the United States of America, the terrorists have chosen a foe unlike they have faced before. . . . We will stay until the mission is done.” Four years after that, in August of 2006, Bush announced: “Al Qaeda and the Taliban lost a coveted base in Afghanistan and they know they will never reclaim it when democracy succeeds. . . . The days of the Taliban are over. The future of Afghanistan belongs to the people of Afghanistan.”

For two decades, the message Americans heard from their political and military leaders about the country’s longest war was the same. America is winning. The Taliban is on the verge of permanent obliteration. The U.S. is fortifying the Afghan security forces, which are close to being able to stand on their own and defend the government and the country.

Aug 16 11:17

FLASHBACK: Biden Said Timeline And Manner Of The Withdrawal From Afghanistan Was His Decision

Aug 16 11:16

‘US SecDef has no plan to resign’: Pentagon finally reacts to ‘troubling’ Kabul airport scenes, vows to continue HALTED evacuation

Describing scenes from the Kabul airport as “extraordinary and troubling,” the Pentagon spokesman on Monday said US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, does not intend to resign over the handling of the pullout from Afghanistan.

The US forces are working with “Turkish and other international troops” to clear the airport, Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Monday, in first official remarks after the shocking scenes of Afghans clinging to airplanes and seemingly falling to their deaths made rounds on social media.

Austin has authorized the deployment of another battalion to Kabul, which would bring the total number of US troops holding the airport to 6,000. However, all inbound and outbound flights have been halted “out of abundance of caution.”

Aug 16 10:58

Hamas congratulates Taliban for ‘defeating’ US

In response to the Taliban re-conquest of Afghanistan, Hamas on Monday congratulated the Afghan people for “defeating” the US.

“We congratulate the Muslim Afghan people for the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan lands, and we congratulate the Taliban movement and its brave leadership on this victory, which culminated its long struggle over the past 20 years,” Hamas said in a statement.

“While Hamas wishes the Afghan Muslim people and its leadership success in achieving unity, stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its people, it stresses that the demise of the American occupation and its allies proves that the resistance of the peoples, foremost of which is our struggling Palestinian people, will achieve victory.”

Aug 16 07:45

Afghan president fled Kabul with cars full of cash & was forced to abandon some loot on airport runway, Russian embassy claims

The Western-backed former Afghan leader, Ashraf Ghani, departed his country with so much money that it couldn’t all fit on his helicopter, and he was forced to leave some cash at the airport, the Russian Embassy in Kabul has said.

Speaking to RIA Novosti, its spokesman Nikita Ishchenko dubbed Ghani’s escape an “eloquent characterization” of the fall of the “regime.”

“Four cars were stuffed with money. [They] tried to fit all the money on the helicopter, but not all of it fit. Some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” he explained, without elaborating how he obtained the information.

Aug 16 07:33


In Afghan fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses
Row on row.

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The cheap opium that poured out of Afghanistan after the US invasion fueled both the street heroin trade as well as the medical opioid crisis.

Aug 16 07:30


In 1998, Dick Cheney, now US vice-president but then chief executive of a major oil services company, remarked: "I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian." But the oil and gas there is worthless until it is moved. The only route which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan.

Aug 16 07:27

Bring them all home, Mr. President. The US has failed in Afghanistan, the least we can do is get Americans out safely

President Joe Biden is dispatching 3,000 US combat troops to Afghanistan to safeguard the evacuation of American personnel from the US embassy in Kabul, setting up the possibility of an evacuation under fire.

The collapse of the Afghan government during the summer of 2021 will go down in history as an event with little precedent; its closest modern antecedent is the fall of the Shah in Iran in 1978-79. The ability of the United States to pour resources into a cause which, in retrospect, never had a chance of succeeding is matched only by the willingness of the American people to unquestioningly accept the assurances of government officials, military and civilian alike, who assured them that going into Afghanistan was a good idea at the time (i.e., post-9/11), and staying there was an even better idea.

Aug 16 07:21

'The war is over… we've WON': Taliban declare their political leader the new Afghan President - and he congratulates his fighters for their 'unexpected and unique' victory over the West

The co-founder of the Taliban has been declared the new President of Afghanistan after the terror group announced the 20-year Western occupation 'is over now' and proclaimed an Islamic state during a triumphant speech from the Presidential Palace in Kabul.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who fought in the Soviet-Afghan War during the 1980s and helped ex-chief Mohammad Omar create the Taliban in 1994, has already been installed as the head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, according to reports in the Arab world.

In a victory speech from Kabul on Sunday, Baradar said: 'I want to congratulate the Muslim Afghan people on this huge victory, especially the citizens and residents of Kabul, and I also want to advise and demand from all the mujahideen (Taliban fighters) that we have reached a situation that is unexpected and unique, this happened with the help of God and it must not make us arrogant.

Aug 16 07:21

Biden's words haunt him: President said a month ago there's 'no circumstance where Americans will be lifted out of the U.S. embassy in Kabul by helicopter'

Joe Biden insisted last month that there's no way his troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would lead to a Saigon-like situation with Americans emergency evacuated out of the U.S. embassy in Kabul by helicopter.

'There's going to be no circumstance where you're going to see people being lifted off the roof of a (sic) embassy of the United States from Afghanistan,' the president said during a press conference on July 8, 2021.

Biden insisted during that press conference that the U.S. would not succumb to the Taliban once troops were withdrawn and is now trying to divert blame for the takeover on Donald Trump.

Aug 16 07:20

Two Powerful Explosions Reported Near US Embassy, Presidential Palace in Kabul

Earlier in the day, the US Embassy in Afghanistan sent out a security alert, warning of Kabul Airport coming under fire.

Two powerful explosions were reported late on Sunday near the US Embassy and Afghan presidential palace in Kabul.

"Two explosions occurred near the US Embassy and the presidential palace in Kabul, pillars of smoke are rising", eyewitnesses told Sputnik, adding that gunfire ensued.

Aug 16 07:19

Afghanistan Proves The US Military Needs Its Budget Slashed To Ribbons

US officials are telling the press that Kabul will fall to the Taliban within 90 days and perhaps within the month as US troops withdraw from the war-torn nation.

“One official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the issue’s sensitivity, said Tuesday that the U.S. military now assesses a collapse could occur within 90 days. Others said it could happen within a month,” reports The Washington Post. “Some officials said that although they were not authorized to discuss the assessment, they see the situation in Afghanistan as more dire than it was in June, when intelligence officials assessed a fall could come as soon as six months after the withdrawal of the U.S. military.”

Aug 16 07:11

The Great Washington Ponzi Scheme in Afghanistan Comes Crashing Down

The United States lost the Afghanistan War a long time ago, as is quickly becoming apparent as the Taliban take city after city.

After 2002, it was never clear what the US war aim was. You can’t win a war if you don’t have a clear objective. The war is lost before it begins.

The initial US military action against the Taliban government of Mulla Omar in fall, 2001, was based on the refusal of Kabul to hand over Usama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the September 11 attacks. There is no reason to believe that the Taliban leadership was aware of what al-Qaeda was planning. The Taliban are Pushtuns, al-Qaeda was Arab expatriates. Pushtuns were known to get sick and tired of the Arabs lording it over them and occasionally to stick a shiv between their ribs on the march.

Aug 16 07:10

US security experts want to avoid ‘triggering’ news & images from Afghanistan – a mess THEY made and refuse to learn from

With the Taliban on Kabul’s doorstep and the US-backed Afghan government collapsing faster than a sandcastle in a tsunami, US “security experts” are urging each other to avoid “triggering” imagery of their historic failure.

“It is a very dark day in Afghanistan. Take care of yourself. It might require avoiding the news,” Jennifer Cafarella wrote to her colleagues on Thursday. “We can & should bear witness. But it does not require self harm. Triggering PTSD symptoms or new trauma does not help Afghans.”

Cafarella follows that with a list of helpful suggestions, such as not sharing “images or links to images that are likely to cause trauma” such as the fall of Kabul, Taliban executions of Afghan officials, or anything “Saigon-like” – a reference to the 1975 collapse of the US-backed regime in South Vietnam.

Aug 16 07:01

'Biden has to own this': Former commander of US forces in Afghanistan David Patraeus says withdrawal is 'catastrophic for the US', a 'serious mistake' and an 'enormous national security setback'

President Biden must take responsibility for his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, as Taliban warlords roll into its capital Kabul, a top US general has warned

General David Petraeus the former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, is calling the withdrawal a 'serious mistake' and says the decision could be 'catastrophic for the United States and the world'.

'This is an enormous national security setback and it is on the verge of getting much worse unless we decide to take really significant action,' Petraeus told host WABC Radio Rita Cosby.

Aug 16 07:00

US to 'Take Over Air Traffic Control', Increase Troop Presence to 6,000 in Kabul Amid Evacuations

With the Taliban* extremist movement taking control of the Afghanistan capital of Kabul and the majority of the country, all outposts have reportedly been blocked, leaving only the Kabul international airport open for those leaving or arriving to the country.

The US will establish control over air traffic in Kabul and increase its military presence to 6,000 troopers to secure the safe evacuation of US and allied personnel, according to a joint statement from the US Department of State and the Pentagon, issued on Sunday.

"Over the next 48 hours, we will have expanded our security presence to nearly 6,000 troops, with a mission focused solely on facilitating these efforts and will be taking over air traffic control," the statement reads.

Aug 16 07:00

Afghan Military Plane Downed by Uzbek Air Defences for Trying to Cross Border

According to the emergency services, two pilots from the aircraft survived the fall and were admitted to a hospital in the city of Termez.

An Afghan military aircraft has crashed in the Surxondaryo Region of Uzbekistan on Monday, the Uzbek Defence Ministry stated, saying that the plane was shot down as it tried to cross the border without permission.

"On 15 August, in the Sherabad district of the Surxondaryo Region, the air defence forces of the Uzbek Air Force prevented an attempt to illegally enter the airspace of Uzbekistan by an Afghan military aircraft", the ministry said.

Aug 16 06:59

Afghanistan Shenanigans

Things have been moving very rapidly as Taliban forces immediately closed in on Kabul after the end of the occupation. The US is frantically evacuating people, former Afghan officials are fleeing the country, and a transition to Taliban control is a done deal.

It's long been obvious to anyone paying attention that the Taliban would regain control of the country when occupying western powers withdrew, but I don't think anyone would've put money on it happening this quickly. A few interesting questions have come up about this, like for example how hilarious would it be if after spending twenty years and trillions of dollars and thousands of human lives "fighting the Taliban", the Taliban suddenly resumed power as a US puppet regime?

I mean, what's going on here?

Aug 16 06:56

Can They Learn? US Wargames Consistently Predicted Defeat

According to David Halberstam, when Washington was considering escalating its presence in Vietnam, a wargame was held to test options. More bombing aircraft were put into airfields in Vietnam; Red attacked the airfields. Blue brought in more troops to guard the airfields; Red started attacking the supply lines for those troops (Note: by tradition, going back to the first Prussian Kriegsspiel, your side is “Blue”, the other side is “Red”. Soviets did it the other way round.). More troops to guard the supply lines; more attacks on their support systems. And so on: everything the American side thought up was quickly and easily countered by the Vietnam team. The results were ignored: only a game, not really real.

Aug 16 06:48

The Pentagon mistakes behind the rout of the Afghan army

The collapse of the Afghan army that allowed Taliban fighters to take control of Kabul cast a stark light on errors committed over 20 years by the Pentagon as it spent billions of dollars in Afghanistan.

- The wrong equipment -

Washington spent $83 billion in its effort to create a modern army mirroring its own. In practical terms, that meant huge dependence on air support and a high-tech communications network in a country where only 30 percent of the population can count on a reliable electricity supply.

Airplanes, helicopters, drones, armored vehicles, night-vision goggles: the United States spared no expense in equipping the Afghan army. It recently even provided the Afghans with the latest Black Hawk attack helicopters.

But the Afghans -- many of them illiterate young men in a country lacking the infrastructure to support cutting-edge military equipment -- were unable to mount a serious resistance against a less-equipped and ostensibly badly outnumbered foe.

Aug 16 06:45

Biden Admin Ignored Intelligence Warnings of Swift Taliban Advance in Afghanistan, Report Says

According to reports, US President Joe Biden and his team were "stunned" on Sunday by how fast the Taliban advanced in Afghanistan after his move to begin the withdrawal of American troops. However, it may appear that the Taliban surge should not have been such a surprise for the administration.

The Biden team "disregarded intelligence assessments that warned of a possible rapid surge of the Taliban* and the group's capture of Kabul, ABC News reported, citing unnamed US intelligence officials.

"[US] leaders were told by the military it would take no time at all for the Taliban to take everything," an anonymous US intelligence official told ABC News. "No one listened."

Aug 16 06:44

US to boost Afghanistan presence to 6,000 troops as it ‘takes steps’ to secure Kabul airport amid mass evacuation

The US military will send another 1,000 servicemen to Afghanistan in a bid to take over Kabul international airport, which has been overwhelmed by hordes of Afghans fleeing the imminent takeover of the country by the Taliban.

As Kabul international airport was plunged into chaos, becoming the only way out of the country for thousands of Afghans desperate to escape Taliban rule, the US announced it would be taking over air traffic control at the airport to speed up the evacuation of Americans as well as allied Afghans.

For that purpose, the US military said it would deploy another 1,000 troops in addition to the 5,000 that US President Joe Biden ordered into Afghanistan to ensure an “orderly and safe drawdown of US personnel” earlier.

Aug 16 06:43

State Department confirms ALL staff working at the US Embassy in Kabul have been evacuated to chaotic airport where thousands gather on the tarmac desperate to escape Taliban forces tightening grip on capital

The US Ambassador to Afghanistan and some of his staff were seen fleeing their Kabul workplace Sunday, as the Pentagon increased the number of troops deployed in the region from 1,000 to 6,000.

Ambassador Ross Wilson were both seen arriving at Kabul airport, as other Americans still in the country were ordered to shelter in place, after shots were fired at the city's airport.

Late Sunday night, the State Department announced all personnel had been evacuated from the US Embassy in Kabul and were at the airport.

'We can confirm that the safe evacuation of all Embassy personnel is now complete. All Embassy personnel are located on the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, whose perimeter is secured by the US Military,' State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

Initially, the aim had been to have staff removed within 72 hours, but the Taliban's advances across the Afghan capital Kabul prompted the immediate removal of all staff.

Aug 16 06:42

'We should inflict pain on them': Pompeo issues fiery call for Biden to unleash airstrikes on Taliban surrounding Kabul and says the extremist group would not 'run wild and free' if Trump was still in office

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a call for President Joe Biden to take charge of rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and launch air strikes against the Taliban who are surrounding the capital of Kabul.

'It looks like the Biden demonstration has just failed in its execution of its own plan. It looks like they are now trying to get folks out. It also looks like there's a bit of panic having to reinsert soldiers to get them out,' Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday.

'I hope we get these folks out. I hope they will bring the airpower. They should go crush these Taliban who are surrounding Kabul.

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Here's your rifle, Mike!

Aug 16 06:40

China Notes That Transfer of Power in Afghanistan Was Smoother Than in United States

This is just a stone cold fact of reality.

Whereas there was an election hoax in the United States, and many big problems surrounding it, the Taliban just peacefully rolled into Kabul, and the “President” of the “Afghan Government” peacefully fled to his home nation of Tajikistan.

Aug 16 06:35

Afghanistan: 20 Years, $2 Trillion, 20 Days

First thought is that the US spent 20 years and $2 trillion trying to build a democracy in a half-literate country of goatherders that disintegrated within 20 days.

Think what you could have done with that (dependent on your preferences).

“Green New Deal”.
Free college.
335 ship Navy.
Mars base.
This adventure must have set some kind of anti-ROI record. Just a singularly total waste of time, money, and energy (if relatively light on blood compared to other conflicts).

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Aug 16 06:13

Watch: Hundreds Protest Outside White House as Afghanistan Falls to Taliban

As President Joe Biden vacations at Camp David while Afghanistan falls into the possession of Taliban warlords, hundreds are protesting at the White House over what they believe is an American betrayal.

Aug 16 06:13

Biden Prioritized LGBT Agenda in Afghanistan as Terrorists Took Over 

While Afghanistan was falling to Taliban terrorists, the Biden White House prioritized the LGBT agenda in foreign policy, flying the rainbow flag above the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to mark Pride Month.

“The month of June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month,” the embassy posted on Twitter in June. “The United States respects the dignity & equality of LGBTI people & celebrates their contributions to the society. We remain committed to supporting civil rights of minorities, including LGBTI persons.” #Pride2021 #PrideMonth

Aug 16 06:12

‘Woke’ Gen. Mark Milley, in July: ‘Afghan Security Forces Have the Capacity to … Defend Their Country’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters less than four weeks before the Taliban entered Kabul that the local military was fully capable of defending Afghanistan from the insurgent Islamic terrorist militia.

Aug 16 06:12

Kabul Has Fallen! Fake President Surrenders! Taliban WINS! FLAWLESS VICTORY!

So much of my youth was defined by this moronic war. So many of my people I went to school with were wrecked by it.

It’s really a monumental event in my life to have it finally over.

It’s been going on since I was 16.

It’s over now, and the order of nature has reemerged with flawless grace.

Aug 16 06:00

Afghanistan: Boris Johnson urges Western nations not to ‘prematurely recognise’ Taliban regime

Boris Johnson has urged other Western nations not to “prematurely recognise” the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, as he denied its sudden takeover is a surprise.

After chairing an emergency meeting, the prime minister said his priority is to get remaining UK nationals – and Afghans who have helped its mission – out of the war-torn country “in the next few days”.

But he also asked foreign capitals to hold back from recognising the likely new Taliban-led government in Kabul until after discussions at the United Nations and Nato this week.

“We don’t want anybody bilaterally recognising the Taliban,” Mr Johnson said, speaking in Downing Street.

“We want a united position amongst all the like-minded, as far as we can get one, so that we do whatever we can to prevent Afghanistan lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terror.”

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And yet British diplomats have remained in Kabul!

Aug 16 05:58

Taliban admits to possible return of amputations, stonings and executions: ‘It is up to Islamic laws’

Amputations, stonings and executions of criminals could return in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, the organisation has admitted.

As its fighters prepared to assume power in Kabul, the militant Islamist group insisted it would protect the rights of women, the media and diplomats.

But, asked about violent punishment of offenders – a hallmark of brutal Taliban rule in the 1990s – a spokesman said: “That is up to the religious followers and the courts. They will decide about the punishment.”

Asked specifically about the chopping off of hands and feet, stonings and state killings, Suhail Shaheen told the BBC: “I can’t say right now. It is up to the courts and the judges and the laws.”

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Saudi Arabia has stonings, beheadings, and crucifixion, but you never hear the corporate media talk about that!