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Afghan chaos undercuts Biden's promise of competence

By RWSGFY follow RWSGFY   2021 Aug 18, 2:48pm 6,003 views  392 comments           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?source=patrick.net

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257   Patrick   2022 Mar 10, 2:31pm  

https://notthebee.com/article/did-biden-really-just-say-what-i-think-he-said?source=patrick.net


Watch this video, and look at the three congressmen that President Biden is referring to, and tell me this is something that would have been in the news for 4 weeks if Trump said it:

https://nitter.pussthecat.org/Not_the_Bee/status/1501323525763653643?source=patrick.net

You can also click here to view this tweet on Twitter.
The three congressman you have here, two of them look like they really could and did play ball and the other one looks like he can bomb you.

Umm, did he really just say what I think he said???
258   HeadSet   2022 Mar 10, 3:46pm  

Patrick says
other one looks like he can bomb you.

As in looks like an Arab bomber?
259   richwicks   2022 Mar 10, 5:23pm  

Patrick says






I don't get it.
260   HeadSet   2022 Mar 10, 6:23pm  

richwicks says
I don't get it.

Those two fellows are among those who jumped out of the Twin Towers on 9-11 rather than be burned to death. When those two French guys were filming the immediate aftermath of the planes hitting the towers, you could hear a body plopping into the ground about every minute or so.
261   richwicks   2022 Mar 10, 6:30pm  

HeadSet says
richwicks says
I don't get it.

Those two fellows are among those who jumped out of the Twin Towers on 9-11 rather than be burned to death. When those two French guys were filming the immediate aftermath of the planes hitting the towers, you could hear a body plopping into the ground about every minute or so.


But who is the 20th hijacker?

I got the 9/11 reference. Personally, I think 9/11 was a false flag - at minimum our government allowed it to happen, at maximum, they made it happen. I view 9/11 as the Reichstag fire. If you want to really go down the rabbit hole, I can take you there, but it shouldn't be a surprise to anybody here our government is run by sociopathic killers and murderers. When you get into the details of it, it gets fuzzy and indistinct - you really don't have to go that far, just realize the government is lying about a lot of it, and that's all you need to know. They wouldn't lie if they were innocent.
270   AmericanKulak   2022 Apr 2, 1:23pm  

richwicks says
Personally, I think 9/11 was a false flag - at minimum our government allowed it to happen, at maximum, they made it happen


Allowed it to happen. The evidence is the Visa Express program being quietly reinstated in months after 9/11 and the special chartered flight, which was actually the subject of the first Factchecks. The "Factcheckers" glommed onto red herrings like whether it was "Commercial" or "Private" or "Charter" Regardless, Saudis including Bin Laden family members were whisked out on a plane, the only non-Military/non-Emergency Response flight allowed in the few hours after 9/11.
276   Patrick   2022 Apr 15, 9:24am  

https://t.me/greatreject/34049?source=patrick.net


President of the United States of Amnesia

After "Biden" finished his speech, he turned around and tried to shake hands with thin air and then wandered around looking confused..
277   richwicks   2022 Apr 15, 11:19am  

If anybody is interested in just what Joe Biden is, and was KNOWN to be before he was "elected":


original link
280   Patrick   2022 Apr 19, 8:44am  

https://spectatorworld.com/topic/remember-afghanistan/?source=patrick.net


Then, just as quickly as it started, the coverage vanished. While this was somewhat expected following the US departure, the media’s readiness to wash its hands of the whole affair after weeks of emotive appeals to stay the course was particularly jarring.





It's also another example of why foreign countries should never trust the United States, just like Canadians should never trust their banks again:


The salvo began in mid-August, when the White House recoiled in response to the Taliban takeover by freezing $9.4 billion of the Afghan central bank’s international reserves
282   Patrick   2022 Apr 22, 11:35am  




The prison lobby loves prisoners.
289   Patrick   2022 Apr 29, 8:51am  


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Is this from the team of Afghanistan experts
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