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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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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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