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Biden Claims Afghanistan Withdrawal Could Not Have Been Handled Better

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During an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that aired on Wednesday, President Biden doubled down on his confidence in the success of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, where 15,000 Americans are still stranded.

“When you look at what’s happened over the last week, was it a failure of intelligence, planning, execution, or judgment?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Look, I don’t think it was fair, look, it was a simple choice, George,” Biden replied. “When the, when the Taliban, let me back up and put it another way. When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government gets in a plane and taking off and going to another country, when you saw the significant collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained, up to 300,000 of them, just leaving their equipment and taking off. That was, you know, I’m not, that’s what happened. That’s simply what happened.”

It should be noted that is not “simply what happened.” The Afghan army was able to fight back against the Taliban until Biden’s decision to withdraw included measures like the removal of private contractors who were servicing the Afghan military.

“The Afghan army fighting alongside American troops was molded to match the way the Americans operate,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “The U.S. military, the world’s most advanced, relies heavily on combining ground operations with airpower, using aircraft to resupply outposts, strike targets, ferry the wounded, and collect reconnaissance and intelligence.”

“In the wake of President Biden’s withdrawal decision, the U.S. pulled its air support, intelligence and contractors servicing Afghanistan’s planes and helicopters. That meant the Afghan military simply couldn’t operate anymore,” the Wall Street Journal added.

Later in the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Biden, “So, you don’t think this could have been handled, this exit could have been handled better in any way? No mistakes?”

“No, I, I, I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that, we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look, but the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden responded. “I don’t know how that happened.”

“So for you, that was always priced into the decision?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yes,” Biden claimed.

Biden’s claim that “chaos ensuing” was “always priced into the decision” conflicts with his statements from before the withdrawal. During a press conference in July, Biden said that “the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

He later added, “The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability.  There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan.  It is not at all comparable.”

A month after Biden claimed there would be “no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy,” there were people being lifted off the roof of an embassy.

 

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    August 19, 2021 at 9:23 am

    MORE LIES…….MORE BS………..IMPEACH THIS LUNATIC !

  2. LTS

    August 19, 2021 at 10:02 am

    This will be the day the world tilted power. History will show the downward tilt of good to evil. Biden will be responsible for the breakdown of society here and around the world. The decision not to plan for the worst case scenario and working backwards will cost lives.

  3. BlueBoomerang

    August 19, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Trump had a withdrawal plan. The Pentagon had a withdrawal plan. Were they followed by Biden and Blinken? NO. We were there for 20 years and spent over a trillion dollars fighting ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ and no one thought of an ‘end game’? No one could define when it was finally time to get out? What a post-Afghanistan war world would look like? NO. Apparently Biden and Blinken had no vision of that. They left billions of dollars worth of ammo, equipment and weaponry in place for the Taliban to ship back to Pakistan and to Iran. They’ll use what they need in Afghanistan. This is ineptitude on a scale never seen before. Add to that the ‘trifecta from hell’: The Border crisis, the COVID crisis and the violent crime crisis in inner cities. Season that will gasoline prices that are up over 50% in the last 7 months, rampant inflation and a sluggish economic recovery. Welcome to Biden’s America.

  4. Sian McLaughlin

    August 22, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Biden is such a fool – if you have not seen a video of Biden’s “meeting” in the Oval Office with King Abdula of Jordan you must view it – the video shows Biden as a blundering idiot, not one capable of being US President. It is just as embarrassing as the “surrender” to the Taliban.

  5. Worried Grandma

    August 23, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Biden can’t put a single sentence together that makes any sense, much less run this country. He must be impeached or removed by Congress. Kamala Harris is going to be as big a disaster which further takes our country into decline and weakness. Look at the great job she’s done with the southern border. This will be a stain on the USA for years to come. I am a Christian so I have my faith to fall back on, but I do worry for my children and grandchildren what the future holds. Our Country has never had a foreign war fought on her soil; I just hope this does not come to be within the next three years.

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China Warns Olympic Athletes Could Face Serious Consequences if they Speak Publicly on Human Rights

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The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are prepared to begin February 4th in Beijing, but not without consequences. Chinese officials have issued a “warning” to all foreign athletes that they are “subject to certain punishment” if they speak “against the Olympic spirit.”

That “Olympic spirit” means politically speaking out about China. “Any behavior or speech that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment,” said Yan Shu, deputy director-general of international relations for the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOC).

National Review notes the Chinese Party’s suppression of speech is well known and many are concerned with consequences and punishments for political speech because of strict local laws. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the Olympic Charter Rule banning protesting at medal ceremonies would force athletes to follow “applicable public law.”

The Associated Press reports according to the IOC athletes can “enjoy freedom of speech” when speaking to journalists or posting to social media during the games. However, the committee expressed any measures that would protect athletes from Chinese persecution.

CBS Sports reports Global Athlete Group director general Rob Koehler suggested Olympians could suffer severe consequences if they criticize China, especially while in the country itself. “Silence is complicity and that’s why we have concerns,” said Koehler. “We know the human rights record and the allowance of freedom of expression in China, so there’s really not much protection” he added.

Last month White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the U.S. government delegation planned to boycott the Olympic Games over the Chinese government’s human rights abuses, including the presumed detention of tennis star Peng Shuai.

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses. The athletes on team USA have our full support. We will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games,” Psaki said.

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Psaki Warns Russia Could ‘At Any Point Launch An Attack In Ukraine’

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On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki warned that tensions between Russia and Ukraine have grown to the point where “we are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”

Psaki made the comments in response to a reporter asking about Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveling to Europe to meet with top Russian officials.

“This morning, Secretary Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. They agreed to meet in Geneva as you noted. At that meeting, Secretary Blinken will urge Russia to take immediate steps to de-escalate,” Psaki said. “He will also fly to Kiev to consult with President Zelensky and Ukraine’s leaders and to Germany for consultations. As you also know, there is a congressional delegation that is also on their way there. And it’s a note, I would note that that just indicates that support for Ukraine has always been a bipartisan issue, and we welcome that.”

“But where things stand right now, President Putin has created this crisis by amassing 100,000 Russian troops along Ukraine’s borders.

This includes moving Russian forces into Belarus recently for joint exercises and conducting additional exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border,” she continued. “So, let’s be clear, our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”

Psaki said that Blinken will push for a diplomatic way forward to de-escalate the situation and that if Russia invades then they “are going to suffer severe economic consequences.”

Russia has been behaving more aggressively in recent months as it has moved military forces to Latin America and might relocate nuclear weapons near the United States coastline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “wants to extend Russia’s sphere of influence to Eastern Europe and secure written commitments that NATO will never again enlarge,” The New York Times reported. “If he is frustrated in reaching that goal, some of his aides suggested on the sidelines of the negotiations last week, then he would pursue Russia’s security interests with results that would be felt acutely in Europe and the United States.”

“There were hints, never quite spelled out, that nuclear weapons could be shifted to places — perhaps not far from the United States coastline — that would reduce warning times after a launch to as little as five minutes, potentially igniting a confrontation with echoes of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis,” The Times added.

“The current crisis was touched off by the Kremlin’s release of a series of demands that, if the U.S. and its allies agreed, would effectively restore Russia’s sphere of influence close to Soviet-era lines, before NATO expanded into Eastern Europe. It has also demanded that all U.S. nuclear weapons be withdrawn from Europe, saying it felt threatened by their presence — though the types and locations of those weapons haven’t changed in years. And it wants a stop to all Western troop rotations through former Warsaw Pact states that have since joined NATO.”

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