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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. ...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? ...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. ...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? ...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".
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Do Biden’s words even matter anymore?As his staff once again rushes in to clarify, it isn’t clear who’s running the countrySeptember 20, 2022Biden 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?
Do Biden’s words even matter anymore?...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.
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.
They don't want hearings and investigations into Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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
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.
@ClayTravis1hThe 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.
Doesn't matter anyhow, the intelligence agencies run our "elections". Democrats will retain both houses most likely.
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?"
Tara Reade worked for Biden in the 1990s when he served as a Delaware senator.She accused Biden of sexual assault and said back in 1993 that Biden pushed her up against the wall and forcibly penetrated her with his fingers.Reade alleges that Joe Biden used his resources to silence her and that “there has never been a proper investigation” into what happened.After videos of Biden’s Friday remarks emerged on social media, Reade fired back.“You sexually assaulted me when I worked as your staffer Joe Biden in 1993 then used your power and resources to silence me,” she said in a post on Twitter.
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