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Outrageous: Pentagon Press Secretary Says Americans ‘Get Stranded in Countries All the Time’

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Pentagon Press Secretary Admiral John Kirby is causing uproar due to his insensitive comments. John Cooper tweeted a video of Kirby speaking to Fox News Tuesday morning with the caption, “Kirby says it’s okay that we left U.S. military assets and weapons behind for the Taliban because they don’t ‘pose a threat to the United States or pose a threat to neighboring nations.”

Kirby’s out-of-touch comments don’t end there. On MSNBC Tuesday morning, Kirby addressed the reports that while no American troops are believed to remain in Afghanistan, an undetermined number of Americans have indeed been left behind.

Kirby suggests that number is in the “low hundreds.” That comment is enraging on its own, but Kirby not only gave zero context for the estimate, he also failed to acknowledge the incredibly important thousands of Afghan allies of the U.S. military who also remain.

However, the real gut punch was when he seemed to excuse the administration’s completely botched evacuation efforts by stating, “we have Americans that get stranded in countries all the time.”

Only weeks ago, Press Secretary Jen Psaki flat out lied to the public during a press conference when she got aggravated at a reporter for asking about “stranded” Americans to which she shot back, “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not.”

Now, you have another Biden administration press secretary contradicting the other one and admitting Americans are stranded, but downplaying the horror. Not to mention, the thirteen young American men and women who perished less than a week ago from the suicide bombing attacks, as well as all those killed the last twenty years of war are also Americans left behind.

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    September 5, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Only a complete MORON would make a statement like that. This guy is totally out of touch with reality !!

  2. Rose

    September 5, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Admiral John Kirby should be sent to Afghanistan to check and report back if there are any Americans left behind, and if any of the Afghan people who worked with America are being executed. Send him now! The entire Biden administration should all be put on a plane and sent to Afghanistan.

  3. Duties

    September 5, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Yeah sure. Every time the U.S. military flees from a country after losing a war, American civilians are abandoned, left to the mercy of 7th century barbarians.

  4. Patti Warner

    September 5, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Resign puppet Kirby!

  5. Don Andrew

    September 5, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Republicans need to get tougher and more committed like the Demoncrats who are relentless, driven and ruthless. The Republicans need to be more like them and they need to put an end to the rddiculous Jan
    6 commission. AND they need to support each other 100% to put the democrats in line

  6. Leota k Weber

    September 7, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    The entire corrupt career politicians in Washington DC should be made a mandatory trip to the Middle East to take a lesson first-hand on how those poor kids felt being made targets for the vicious Taliban that are murderers and ungodly Heathens that will kill all of those that have helped the USA! They consider them infidels as they look at America as an enemy of the planet! Looks like the Biden-Harris administration has shown their true colors when it comes to the few and faithful they put 20-23-year-olds in a position that they did not enlist for because most PRESIDENTs support their military that protects and serve the country not like this MORONIC administration that assassinate their own for a PHOTO-OP on 9/11! I will be surprised if 9/11 comes without an attack from the very ones that BIDEN trusted to “let the people go” to leave safely. Sounds familiar like Egyptian Pharoah who promised to “Let Gods People GO”, HE IS A BONIFIED MORON! Where is the VP while all of this Hell is happening on her watch? OH, she is out campaigning in California for another MORON, Newsom being financed by Soros and his Auntie Pelosi!

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Afghan Journalists Release Photos After Being Severely Beaten by Taliban for Covering Women’s Protest

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Two Afghan journalists, photographer Nematullah Naqdi and reporter Taqi Daryabi were severely beaten by the Taliban for reporting on a women’s protest in Kabul. The two were battered after being beaten with batons, electric cables and whips. The beating occurred after being detained for several hours by Taliban fighters a day earlier.

The two men, who work for Afghan’s media outlet Etilaat Roz, released photos of their bruised bodies once back in their Kabul office, after being released from Taliban custody. Naqdi told Agence France-Presse “One of the Taliban put his foot on my head, crushed my face against the concrete. They kicked me in the head…I thought they were going to kill me.”

Daryabi added “we were in so much pain that we couldn’t move.” Naqdi said he was told “you are lucky you weren’t beheaded” when asked why they were being beaten. When covering a protest on Wednesday outside a Kabul police station calling for an end to Taliban violations of women and girls, Naqdi said a Taliban fighter immediately tried to grab his camera when he began taking photos.

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The Taliban were also rounding up anyone filming or taking photos of the demonstration, added Naqdi. The two say they were taken to a nearby police station where the beatings took place, only to be released after several hours.

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The New York Post reports dozens of Afghan reporters have been beaten or accosted in recent weeks since the Taliban has recovered control of Afghanistan. The Taliban, however, claims that they will uphold press freedoms under their new regime. As has been proven time and time again, not much faith, if any, can be placed into anything the Taliban says or promises.

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Raw Footage from Marine’s Helmet GoPro Shows ‘Two Straight Weeks of Worsening Conditions’ in Kabul

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The Blaze got ahold of raw video taken from a Marine’s GoPro which shows the true chaos endured by those in Kabul as U.S. evacuations took place at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Marine Cpl. Mike Markland strung together the video clips from his helmet’s GoPro camera. The footage “captured the grittiness and desperation of the hurried evacuation” and reveals “two straight weeks of worsening conditions” on the ground, as seen from the viewpoint of the Marine from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

The  7-minute video has been saved on a YouTube page and shows U.S. service members disabling American military equipment and vehicles. It also shows stacks of AK-47s, PK machine guns, M-16s, and other weapons likely abandoned by the Afghan military after the country collapsed. The end of the video pays tribute to the 13 U.S. service members who died in the suicide bombing in Kabul.

Markland originally posted the video to his Instagram account, but it has since been deleted. The Blaze reports Task & Purpose published the video, as well as Markland’s comments on social media before the video, had been removed.

“I hope this answers questions but also provokes you to ask more,” Markland captioned the since-deleted Instagram video. “To my brothers and sisters who were there I made this for you and your family. When you have the lack of ability to explain all that happened in those two weeks, show them this. Stand tall and wear the last two weeks on your chest.”

“I haven’t found a way to explain it with any words I know,” the Marine admitted.

“Many of us joined because we liked fighting and were good with adversity and conflict,” Markland reportedly wrote. “Two weeks in Kabul at HKIA put all of that to the test. I can’t say enough how proud I am of the Marines I serve with.”

“Odds were stacked against us. Circumstances undeniably out of our control, but we never let it deter our tenacious approach towards our mission at hand. Adversity and challenges happened 24/7,” Markland said.

The Marine noted that “almost all had no predesignated plan.”

“We did our absolute best and remained stoic through the sleepless nights and round-the-clock work with minimal food and water,” he continued. “Staying up for two or more days straight at a time grinding but remaining intensely vigilant.”

The Blaze writes of the footage, “Markland’s video paints a far more shambolic Kabul exit than the sanitized photos and videos provided by the Department of Defense.”

The Blaze continues and details the footage:

The Afghans are densely packed into small areas with barbed wire fences at the borders of the holding area outside the Kabul airport. Marines shoot crowd munitions to attempt to calm the frantic masses. When crowd munitions aren’t effective, Marines are seen firing off warning shots from their firearms in an attempt to control the large crowds.

Babies are seen being handed to the Marines for safety. Lacking medical equipment, wounded people are taken to get treatment on a ladder. Men and women are seen bursting into tears. In one clip, a man in civilian clothes bashes another person with the stock of his AK-47.

Despite the sheer inhumanity of the bedlam, there are moments of hopeful humanity as Marines give fist bumps to smiling Afghans.

Marines bond in a circle as the song “Halftime” by Nas blares in the background. They pass around the camera, make silly faces, throw a pineapple at each other, and enjoy friendly bicycle races.

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