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White House: Thousands More to be Evacuated from Afghanistan, Including ‘Significant Number of Americans’

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On July 8, President Biden said, “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…The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” Fast forward to this past weekend, and the “circumstances” are alarmingly worse.

The scenes of hundreds of thousands desperately attempting to flee Afghanistan for their only chance at survival is being compared to the capture of Saigon by the Vietnamese Communists in 1975, ending the Vietnam War. On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed he had successfully fled Afghanistan to Tajikistan, with the somber message that the Taliban had won.

“The Taliban have won by decision of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honor, property and self-preservation of their countrymen” said Ghani.  On Sunday evening, the US embassy in Kabul had been completely evacuated, according to State Department official Ned Price who said he had been transferred to Kabul’s airport. Price said the airport was secured by U.S. troops which had been deployed in recent days.

“We can confirm that the safe evacuation of all embassy personnel is now complete” Price said Monday. “All embassy personnel are located on the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, the perimeter of which is guarded by the US military.”

On Monday, however, all hell broke loose. Even if embassy personnel had evacuated, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed there were still many Americans inside Afghanistan. “We intend to carry out those evacuation flights in the coming days after securing the airport” added Sullivan.

The White House still wants to evacuate “thousands of people in total” which “includes a significant number of Americans” he continued. “We are still doing outreach to establish the total number of Americans in [the] country” stated Sullivan.

Where was President Biden as the Taliban eviscerated city after city the past week? How did he allow for a scenario where thousands had not yet been evacuated?

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    August 17, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Dementia Joe has been a DISASTER since the day he was sworn in. THIS should be the last straw to get him out of Office !! He’s NOT alone for INCOMPETENCE ! Milley and Austin should be FORCED to resign also. The evacuation SHOULD have been a coordinated effort that COULD have run smoothly, but, the Military brass is too busy with Critical Race Theory and looking for White Supremacy with it’s ranks to actually DO their jobs !!

  2. john_poelstra

    August 17, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I am so tired of hearing this Afghan war compared to the Vietnam war. For the record the Vietnam war did NOT end in 1975 as the establishment media would have you believe. The last combat battalion left Vietnam much earlier in August 1972 when we had actually won the war. To lose a war you have to have the presence of an engaged military. We didn’t lose that war, we lost the peace. A peace that was overseen and controlled by the State Department, politicians and yes, also the establishment news media. A peace too weak to sustain itself by these institutions. A peace that resulted in more deaths for the South Vietnamese people than the war itself. The only real comparison that can be made with these two countries is how liberals and the establishment news media undermined and failed both the South Vietnamese and Afghani’s.

  3. Trawdaddy

    August 17, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Wonder just how many “refugees” will now be brought into America much like the illegals coming across our southern border unabated.

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Iran Launches Missile Into Space As Biden Admin Fails To Negotiate New Nuclear Deal

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On Sunday, Iran’s state television announced that the country had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing criticism from the United States ahead of plans for continued negotiations over the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, the site of Iran’s frequent failed attempts to put a satellite into orbit,” the Associated Press reported. “Iran had previously acknowledged that it planned more tests for the satellite-carrying rocket, which it first launched in February of last year.”

“Ahmad Hosseini, spokesman for Iran’s Defense Ministry, said Zuljanah, a 25.5 meter-long rocket, was capable of carrying a satellite of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) that would ultimately gather data in low-earth orbit and promote Iran’s space industry. Zuljanah is named for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad,” the Associated Press added.

According to the report, the White House is aware of Iran’s announcement and said the move was “unhelpful and destabilizing.”

Iran’s state-run media aired dramatic footage of the missile launch amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, which has accelerated as President Biden’s administration has failed to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran.

According to a report earlier this year, three Biden administration negotiators working on a renewed nuclear deal with Iran gave up and left the team because they thought that President Biden was being too weak in dealing with Iran during negotiations.

“U.S. officials confirmed over the weekend that Richard Nephew, the deputy special envoy for Iran, has left the team. Mr. Nephew, an architect of previous economic sanctions on Iran, had advocated a tougher posture in the current negotiations, and he hasn’t attended the talks in Vienna since early December,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Two other members of the team, which is led by State Department veteran Robert Malley, have stepped back from the talks, the people familiar said, because they also wanted a harder negotiating stance.”

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Biden Suggests Only Solution To Gas Prices Is Letting Putin Invade Europe

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On Wednesday, President Biden suggested that the only solution to high gas prices is to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade parts of Europe.

“For all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine?” Biden said. “Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin?  Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe?”

“I don’t believe that,” he continued. “Look, I get the easy politics of the attack.  I get that.  But the simple truth is gas prices are up almost $2.00 a gallon because of Vladimir Putin’s ruthless attack on Ukraine, and we wouldn’t let him get away with it.  And we’re doing everything we can to reduce this pain at the pump now.”

However, the increase in gas prices since Russia invaded Ukraine is closer to $1 than it is to $2. On February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, national gas prices were at $3.54 per gallon, and on June 22, the day of Biden’s speech, gas prices were at $4.95 per gallon – which is an increase of $1.41.

Gas prices began rising shortly after Biden took office. From January 20, 2021, to February 24, 2022, gas prices soared from $2.40 per gallon to $3.54 per gallon – an increase of nearly 50 percent.

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