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Afghan chaos undercuts Biden's promise of competence


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2021 Aug 18, 2:48pm   17,583 views  616 comments

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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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488   Patrick   2022 Sep 14, 7:56pm  

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-boasts-inflation-reduction-act-graphic-corner-screen-humiliates-truth/?seyid=21394


As President Joe Biden addressed supporters at the White House during a celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act, reality — harsh, cold, unforgiving reality — broke through the rhetoric live on screen.

While Biden bragged on Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted. It sank over 1,250 points by the end of the day, according to the Associated Press.

Twitter was quick to notice, as the major networks caught on as well.

Fox News reported on the obvious disconnect between the administration and the real world. Host Neil Cavuto stated, “Unfortunately, he never looked to the markets while this was all being planned because they were tumbling on a clear sort of refuting of all of that.”
493   ad   2022 Sep 19, 3:26pm  

All I know is the Dems don't want any appearance of Republican mandate as far as midterms election this November.

They don't want hearings and investigations into Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

They are hoping it gets placed down the memory hole along with so many other of Biden's skeletons and dirty laundry, including the use of the FBI and DOJ as the Democrat's Stasi.

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497   Patrick   2022 Sep 21, 10:56am  

https://spectatorworld.com/topic/do-biden-words-even-matter-anymore/


Do Biden’s words even matter anymore?
As his staff once again rushes in to clarify, it isn’t clear who’s running the country

September 20, 2022

Biden has done fewer interviews than any modern president, and this week it wasn’t hard to see why. When the president was overseas attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the White House was once again scrambling to clarify who was in charge.

On the subject of Taiwan and China, Biden once again stated that Taiwan would be defended militarily should mainland China stage an invasion to reclaim the island. Before the show was even over, the White House had put out a statement saying that America’s One China policy remains unchanged.

Yet most telling was when Pelley accompanied Biden to the Detroit Auto Show, and he took note that the convention was going on without masks or social distancing or vaccine mandates. Pelley asked Biden very directly, “Is the pandemic over?” “The pandemic is over,” Biden responded. “We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s — but the pandemic is over.” This wasn’t a gaffe. This wasn’t a slip-up. He reiterated it again in his response.

This left the White House in yet another bind on issues from student loan forgiveness to immigration restrictions to vaccine mandates, all of which to one degree or another are premised on the idea that we’re in a pandemic. Biden’s words could jeopardize legal cases his administration might be preparing. ...

... who is in charge? Is it Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff? Is it domestic policy adviser Susan Rice (who doesn’t get enough attention for her role)? Is is the White House communications team? Is it the Easter Bunny, who was called in to corral his boss during an event last Easter?
498   Eric Holder   2022 Sep 21, 11:57am  

Patrick says

Do Biden’s words even matter anymore?
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On the subject of Taiwan and China, Biden once again stated that Taiwan would be defended militarily should mainland China stage an invasion to reclaim the island. Before the show was even over, the White House had put out a statement saying that America’s One China policy remains unchanged.


Meh, big noise about nothing: this doesn't change strategic ambiguity, if anything it makes shit even more ambiguous.
499   Patrick   2022 Sep 21, 4:25pm  

https://slaynews.com/news/rand-paul-biden-not-in-charge-white-house-his-own-wits/


Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has blasted Democrat President Joe Biden over mounting concerns about who is leading the White House.

Paul argues that Biden’s recent gaffes prove that the president is not “in charge of the government” or “fully in charge of his wits.”

The senator was responding after Biden made several statements during a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that were later “corrected” by unnamed White House officials.

Biden told CBS’s Scott Pelley on Sunday that “the pandemic is over.”

However, Biden administration officials scrambled to “clarify” the president’s comment with contradictory statements after the interview was broadcast.
501   richwicks   2022 Sep 23, 2:12am  

ad says

They don't want hearings and investigations into Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan.


Americans don't give a shit about that.

They care about inflation and corruption. They don't care about boondoggle wars. Did you even know the US is still bombing Syria? For what purpose?

Doesn't matter anyhow, the intelligence agencies run our "elections". Democrats will retain both houses most likely.
502   RWSGFY   2022 Sep 23, 7:55am  

Patrick says


https://spectatorworld.com/topic/do-biden-words-even-matter-anymore/

Do Biden’s words even matter anymore?
As his staff once again rushes in to clarify, it isn’t clear who’s running the country



Do Putin's words even matter anymore? As his staff rushes in to clarify...

MOSCOW, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that Moscow was not threatening anybody with nuclear weapons, and that open confrontation with the United States and NATO was not in Russia's interests, state news agencies reported.

"We are not threatening anyone with nuclear weapons," the Interfax agency quoted Ryabkov as saying at a conference on Friday.

504   Patrick   2022 Sep 23, 11:56am  


@ClayTravis
1h
The stock market has dropped below 30,000 for the first time since 2020 & is now down substantially since Joe Biden took office, inflation is at a forty year high, & mortgage rates are now over 6%. Biden is a disaster. 46 days until the midterms. It’s the economy, stupid.
506   HeadSet   2022 Sep 23, 7:09pm  

richwicks says

Doesn't matter anyhow, the intelligence agencies run our "elections". Democrats will retain both houses most likely.

Yep. But explained away by Trump getting in legal trouble, abortion, and gas falling below $3.00 in many states.
508   Patrick   2022 Sep 23, 9:59pm  

https://notthebee.com/article/our-president-has-no-idea-where-he-is

Well, he's not actually "our" president at all, since the election was massively and provably fraudulent, but point taken. Pedo Potatus is senile.
513   Patrick   2022 Sep 28, 3:42pm  

Biden can't remember that Walorski is dead, probably killed by his own FBI:


Reporter: "The confusing part is why, if she and the family is top of mind, does the president think that she's living and in the room?"

KJP: "I don't find that confusing."

Reporter: "I have John Lennon top of mind just about every day but I'm not looking around for him."

I'm just wondering what it will take for one of these reporters to simply ask: "The president thought a dead woman was alive today. Will he take a cognitive test to prove to the American people that he isn't senile?"
516   Patrick   2022 Sep 29, 4:42pm  

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