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Afghan chaos undercuts Biden's promise of competence

By FuckCCP89 follow FuckCCP89   2021 Aug 18, 2:48pm 900 views   113 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    



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The shambolic unravelling of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan comes from a yet to be written textbook of "how to lose at everything". Warnings hadn't been heeded, intelligence was clearly totally inadequate, planning was lamentable, execution woeful.

Let's just focus in on one thing - although there are any number that are worthy of examination.
The withdrawal came during the "fighting season" - a phrase I have to say I have always found rather odd. But in Afghanistan there is a fighting season which starts in spring - and then in winter, when the country freezes over, there is a time when the Taliban go home to their tribal homelands. Did no-one think that it might have been better to have ordered the withdrawal for the dead of winter when Taliban forces weren't there, poised to fill the vacuum?

The end result might have been the same - a Taliban takeover - but it would have almost certainly led to a more orderly drawdown. Yet the Biden administration wanted an eye-catching date. They wanted the withdrawal completed by 11 September. Twenty years on from 9/11 - an artificial, self-imposed deadline.

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Biden's election campaign could be boiled down to three messages to distinguish himself from Donald Trump. First, he would be more empathetic. He would be more competent. And instead of "America First", it would be replaced by the mantra "America is back".
But in his address yesterday, there wasn't a whole lot of empathy towards the thousands of Afghans who've helped Americans these past 20 years. On competence, even his biggest cheerleaders would struggle to say the withdrawal of American troops has been anything other than shambolic.
And after the bewildering events of the past few days, how exactly is America back?

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But on the policy itself, Joe Biden is utterly defiant. He summoned up his inner Harry Truman and made clear in his speech that the buck stops with him. He was, however, happy to distribute blame in much the same way that a muck spreader disperses manure in all directions. The Afghan leadership weren't up to it, the Afghan armed forces had no fight in them; Donald Trump had negotiated a bad deal.

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A fascinating nugget from a briefing that's just been given by Joe Biden's National Security Adviser. Since the fall of Kabul, Jake Sullivan revealed, Biden hadn't spoken to another world leader. Wasn't that just a bit surprising, given that there were a lot of other nations - including Britain - who'd committed vast resources to Afghanistan?

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When the G7 gathered in Cornwall and the Nato nations met in Brussels the sense of relief was palpable among the prime ministers and presidents that a more outward looking American president was in charge. But given what has unfolded - how America has been humiliated, how Joe Biden embarked on a policy he was cautioned against by these leaders - there is now a good deal more wariness.
And who will feel they have gained most from America's departure - apart from the Taliban, of course? Why, three countries near Afghanistan - Russia, Iran and China. I'm not sure that is what Joe Biden had in mind when he said after his inauguration that "America is back".







https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58252174

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74   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 2, 9:41am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://spectatorworld.com/topic/taliban-better-armed-nato-afghanistan/


The Taliban is now better armed than almost every Nato country
The Biden administration has pulled off a military-political defeat that gets worse the more you look at it

September 2, 2021 | 2:53 am
75   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 2, 10:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://babylonbee.com/news/republican-politicians-vow-to-get-real-mad-and-stuff-following-afghanistan-crisis





WASHINGTON, D.C.—With Americans and Afghan allies still trapped in Afghanistan, Republican politicians are vowing to respond by getting "real mad and stuff" about it.

"Oh yeah, you bet I'm mad! I'm spittin' mad, I sure am," said Senator Lindsey Graham. "And let me tell y'all, Biden wouldn't like ol' Lindsey when he's angry! I'll make him pay for what he done to our boys in Afghanistan—you know—by being really mad at him."

Sources say Senator Graham and others may even pound their fists on a podium while talking about it, or raise their voices slightly, but not enough to break the rules of decorum. They will then send a bunch of angry emails to their email lists saying how angry they are—with links to donate to their reelection campaigns.

Senator Mitch Mcconnell also weighed in. "Yup, I'm purdy mad too," he said at a fundraising dinner while wiping some caviar from his neck which was also his chin. "Biden sure will be sorry when he answers to ol' Mitch!"

Republicans vow to stay really mad until the next news cycle makes everyone forget about all this.
76   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 2, 10:55am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://reclaimthenet.org/biden-administration-ordered-abandoned-weapons-information-removed-websites/

September 2, 2021
Biden Administration ordered abandoned weapons information to be removed from federal websites
Accused of covering the tracks.
80   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 4, 10:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/incompetent-woke-military-three-star-general-posts-photo-thinks-u-s-troops-leaving-afghanistan-turns-british/

Our Incompetent Woke Military: Three Star General Posts Photo She Thinks Are U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan–Turns Out They’re British
81   MisdemeanorRebellionNoCoupForYou   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 4, 11:57pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/09/incompetent-woke-military-three-star-general-posts-photo-thinks-u-s-troops-leaving-afghanistan-turns-british/

Our Incompetent Woke Military: Three Star General Posts Photo She Thinks Are U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan–Turns Out They’re British


The three star General also can't spell "Hero's" properly. And she used the possessive instead of the correct plural spelling.

Must have an MBA.
82   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 5, 12:21am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

One must assume she was promoted because of something other than being objectively qualified for the job.
83   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 5, 7:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

MisdemeanorRebellionNoCoupForYou says
Our Incompetent Woke Military: Three Star General Posts Photo She Thinks Are U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan–Turns Out They’re British

Even more telling. If you have a gathering that large of US soldiers, you are going to see a substantial number of Blacks.
84   ChauvinsKnee   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 5, 9:34am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HeadSet says
MisdemeanorRebellionNoCoupForYou says
Our Incompetent Woke Military: Three Star General Posts Photo She Thinks Are U.S. Troops Leaving Afghanistan–Turns Out They’re British

Even more telling. If you have a gathering that large of US soldiers, you are going to see a substantial number of Blacks.


The first thing I noticed is bullpup rifles - US military doesn't field anything like that.
87   MisdemeanorRebellionNoCoupForYou   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 5, 12:02pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
https://notthebee.com/article/uh-oh-biden-official-samantha-power-photographed-on-amtrak-train-without-a-mask-in-violation-of-federal-law







Massive witch, married to the a Warlock, Sunstein. Who wrote a book about "Nudging" people to better decisions, which was largely panned as "Not differentiating between nudges and shoves"
89   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 7, 9:52am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Afghan Interpreter Who Helped Rescue Biden in 2008 Left Behind After U.S. Exit

Mohammed, stranded in Afghanistan and hiding from the Taliban, makes a White House appeal: ‘Don’t forget me here’

The White House responded to a WSJ story about an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Army, who in 2008 helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden and others during a snowstorm in Afghanistan. Mohammed was unable to leave the country before the U.S. exit and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that his service would be honored.

By Dion Nissenbaum
Updated Aug. 31, 2021 5:22 pm ET

Thirteen years ago, Afghan interpreter Mohammed helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden and two other senators stranded in a remote Afghanistan valley after their helicopter was forced to land in a snowstorm. Now, Mohammed is asking President Biden to save him.

“Hello Mr. President: Save me and my family,” Mohammed, who asked not to use his full name while in hiding, told The Wall Street Journal as the last Americans flew out of Kabul on Monday. “Don’t forget me here.”


https://www.wsj.com/articles/afghan-interpreter-who-helped-rescue-biden-in-2008-left-behind-after-u-s-exit-11630429285
90   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 8, 9:45am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/bring_all_the_troops_home_stop_policing_the_globe_and_put_an_end_to_endless_wars


It’s time that we stop policing the globe, stop occupying other countries, and stop waging endless wars.

That’s not what’s going to happen, of course.


Good essay though.
91   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 9, 9:45am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://babylonbee.com/news/cdc-says-a-new-covid-variant-may-be-needed-to-effectively-bury-afghanistan-news

CDC Says A New COVID Variant May Be Needed To Effectively Bury Afghanistan News
92   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2021 Sep 9, 9:53am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Afghan chaos undercuts Biden's promise of competence

I don't recall Biden promising any amount of competence??? Anyone got a link?
93   Ceffer   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 9, 10:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

zzyzzx says
I don't recall Biden promising any amount of competence??? Anyone got a link?

I think he meant 'incontinence'.
94   FuckCCP89   ignore (6)   2021 Sep 9, 10:14am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

zzyzzx says
Afghan chaos undercuts Biden's promise of competence

I don't recall Biden promising any amount of competence??? Anyone got a link?


All the fucking talking heads promised that.
95   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 9, 5:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      



I know the guy and he said it's OK to keep his name in it.
96   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 12, 4:44pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://notthebee.com/article/report-the-biden-administration-said-it-droned-an-isis-terrorist-but-it-was-actually-just-an-aid-worker

The Biden administration last month said it had fired on and killed what was believed to be an ISIS associate driving a car full of explosives in Afghanistan; the strike was symbolic for being the last missile fired by the U.S. over the course of its 20 years in Afghanistan. Yet a bombshell New York Times report argues that the drone strike killed not a terrorist but a worker for a U.S. aid group


This also undermines any "promise of competence".
97   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 12, 7:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
et a bombshell New York Times report argues that the drone strike killed not a terrorist but a worker for a U.S. aid group

And the aid worker's children....
98   ChauvinsKnee   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 12, 8:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
https://notthebee.com/article/report-the-biden-administration-said-it-droned-an-isis-terrorist-but-it-was-actually-just-an-aid-worker

The Biden administration last month said it had fired on and killed what was believed to be an ISIS associate driving a car full of explosives in Afghanistan; the strike was symbolic for being the last missile fired by the U.S. over the course of its 20 years in Afghanistan. Yet a bombshell New York Times report argues that the drone strike killed not a terrorist but a worker for a U.S. aid group


This also undermines any "promise of competence".


Anything they touch immediately turns into shit. It's like a reverse King Midas. It's almost comical.
99   richwicks   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 12, 9:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

ChauvinsKnee says
It's almost comical.


What do you mean "almost"?

We're in clown world. We've been in it for 20 years. Our government has no compunction about lying, what's funny is people still believe it.

Where's that weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq? I thought that was the lie that would ultimately bring the government down, but NOPE. The lies will just get bigger and bigger until nobody puts up with it anymore. We have an entirely illegitimate government - people just don't recognize it yet.

Our media lies to us, our government lies to us, our intelligence agencies lie to us, our DOJ lies to us. This is because they are blatant criminals. If they told the truth, there'd be bodies hanging from lampposts tomorrow. I'm used to this, just feed them more rope. Truth is treason in the empire of lies. Well, I guess I'm a traitor.

I'm seriously amazed people still have any faith in our government, that they believe them at this point. How can anybody believe anything they say? Biden is the most popular presidential candidate as a percentage of the eligible vote in all of US history. Do you really think that is true? A man that couldn't get 50 people to show up to a campaign event? It's fucking hilarious.
100   Eric Holder   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 13, 10:27am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

richwicks says
ChauvinsKnee says
It's almost comical.


What do you mean "almost"?


Because really it's more scary than truly comical?
101   richwicks   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 13, 10:34am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Eric Holder says
richwicks says
ChauvinsKnee says
It's almost comical.


What do you mean "almost"?


Because really it's more scary than truly comical?


No, it's entirely comical.

What did people EXPECT to happen?

We have a completely corrupt, incompetent, establishment, that couldn't give a FUCK about the people in Afghanistan and have been fighting a war for 20 years with NO intention of winning it, in order to rake in government contracts and make money.

We allow these fucking mother fuckers to do this. You want this kind of crap to stop? Get rid of the assholes in power or it's going to continue.
102   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 13, 12:47pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

richwicks says
Get rid of the assholes in power or it's going to continue.




They have the support of about half of the population.

That's the real problem.
103   richwicks   ignore (3)   2021 Sep 13, 1:54pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
richwicks says
Get rid of the assholes in power or it's going to continue.




They have the support of about half of the population.

That's the real problem.


No, they don't have support of 1/2 the population.

It might be 20% of the population. Do you know anybody that would say "yes, I approve of my government, and I'm happy with what they are doing"?

Force is what keeps our government in power. It's stick only, there's no carrot for most people.
104   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 14, 2:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://notthebee.com/article/trump-i-guarantee-china-and-russia-already-have-our-apache-helicopters-and-theyre-taking-them-apart-to-find-out-exactly-how-theyre-made

"Now I'm saying, ‘How can they take this equipment?' And I guarantee that China and Russia already have our Apache helicopters and they're taking them apart to find out exactly how they're made. They're the best in the world by far. And they're taking them apart so they can make the exact same equipment. They're very good at that. It's a disgrace.
107   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 17, 10:06am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://notthebee.com/article/diddid-biden-forget-the-name-of-the-australian-prime-minister-during-a-major-press-conference


"I want to thank ... uh ... that fella Down Under. Thank you very much, pal," Biden said.

This is really not good. At all.
109   Eric Holder   ignore (0)   2021 Sep 20, 11:22am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
https://notthebee.com/article/diddid-biden-forget-the-name-of-the-australian-prime-minister-during-a-major-press-conference


"I want to thank ... uh ... that fella Down Under. Thank you very much, pal," Biden said.

This is really not good. At all.


FINALLY THERE IS AN ADULT IN THE ROOM!
110   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 21, 12:59pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://spectatorworld.com/topic/joe-biden-presidency-afghanistan-free-fall/


Biden’s presidency has a very real chance of completely foundering within its first year. After a promising start where he inherited a vaccination process that was already in progress, albeit briefly, under Trump, his vaccine strategy has stalled to the point of him now demanding mandates on private businesses, a step he assured the electorate he would not take. Last Friday, an FDA panel bucked Biden’s booster rollout program, which was slated to begin this week.

That was one of many self-inflicted wounds that Biden suffered at the end of last week as he took off for the Delaware coast for a long weekend of bike-riding and ignoring reporters. In the span of that single afternoon, the Pentagon also revealed that a retaliatory drone strike for the deaths of 13 US service-members at Kabul airport did not kill any Isis-K terrorists, as Biden and his State Department had claimed, but instead killed an innocent US-linked aid worker, as well as seven children. Neither Biden nor his press secretary Jen Psaki have answered questions on this matter. Their strategic silence is all we need to evaluate how they think this looks – and they are correct.

Along with the self-imposed Afghanistan debacle, which has created an enormous refugee crisis in a foreign region, Biden has caused another one on our southern border. Drone footage and photos splashed all over social media this weekend showed thousands of migrants, some believed to be Haitian, crossing the Rio Grande river into Del Rio, Texas, unabated. They had to be corralled under the Del Rio Bridge, with several even crafting makeshift tents and shelters.

Biden promised that America would be back. Instead we’re getting his back, as he turns his away from the microphone every time one is placed in front of him. His ‘strategy’ has also not helped with allies, as France recalled their ambassador over a secret deal between the US and Australia that saw Washington renege (according to the French) on an agreement to sell nuclear submarine technology to them and not the Aussies (crikey!). I’m not going to pretend I understand all the particulars of why the French are upset with us this time, but recalling an ambassador sure sounds serious for an administration that prided itself on being the adult on the world stage.
112   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 22, 9:35am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2021-09-21/prediction-deep-state-will-toss-joseph-biden-out-old-casserole-within-year


Prediction: The Deep State Will Toss Joseph Biden Out Like an Old Casserole Within a Year
BY TDB
TUESDAY, SEP 21, 2021 - 14:18
113   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Sep 22, 9:57am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/new-proof-emerges-of-the-biden-family?token=patrick.net

New Proof Emerges of the Biden Family Emails: a Definitive Account of the CIA/Media/BigTech Fraud
An axis of the CIA, Big Tech and the DNC-allied wing of the corporate media spread an absolute lie in the weeks before the 2020 election. We now have definitive proof. ...

A young reporter for Politico, Ben Schreckinger, has published a new book entitled "The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power.” To his great credit, he spent months investigating the key documents published by The New York Post and found definitive proof that these emails and related documents are indisputably authentic. His own outlet, Politico, was the first to publish the CIA lie that this was "Russian disinformation,” but on Tuesday — without acknowledging their role in spreading that lie — they summarized Schreckinger's findings this way: the book “finds evidence that some of the purported Hunter Biden laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October’s controversy.” In his book, the reporter recounts in these passages just some of the extensive work he did to obtain this proof: ...

Given what I regard as the unparalleled gravity of what was done here — widespread media deceit toward millions of American voters in the weeks before a presidential election based on a CIA lie, along with brute censorship of the story by Big Tech — and given that so much of what was done here took place on television, we produced this morning what I regard as the definitive video report of this scandal. I realize this report is longer than the standard video — it is just over an hour — but I really believe that it is vital, particularly with the emergence of this new indisputable proof, to take a comprehensive look at how the intelligence community, in partnership with Big Tech and the corporate media, disseminated massive lies and disinformation, using censorship and other manipulative techniques, to shape the outcome of what was a close election. (We will very shortly institute our new feature of producing transcripts for all videos above ten minutes in length, but I really hope that as many people as can do so will watch this video report).

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