Afghanistan THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Joe Biden continues to fail on the world stage. We’ll get to Afghanistan later, but in a less publicized story, OPEC and its allies, including Russia, denied Biden’s request that they increase oil production yesterday, in order to drive down the price of oil in the U.S. A major smack in the face to the sitting U.S. Resident.
It’s important to remember that last summer, OPEC was pumping too much oil, and it was hurting U.S. energy companies. President Trump solved the problem easily. He called up the Saudi Crown Prince and told him that if OPEC didn’t cut oil production, he would kill the 75+ year alliance between the two nations and leave the Saudis to defend themselves.
…and just like that, OPEC cut oil production. That’s the leadership America is lacking in this time of crisis, right now.
2,448 U.S. soldiers dead.
20,066 U.S. soldiers wounded.
$2,161,000,000,000 U.S. dollars spent.
This is what the war in Afghanistan has cost us since 2001. And for what? For the Taliban to seize control of the country, while Joe Biden was literally on vacation.
Over the weekend we have been inundated with scenes of the Taliban re-taking city after city in Afghanistan, and along the way, capturing American equipment that was given to the Afghan army. Yesterday they declared “the war is over” as they took control of the capitol in Kabul, while American forces rushed to evacuate U.S. citizens who were still stranded in the Capitol.
How did we get here: In April, Biden announced that the U.S. would completely withdraw from Afghanistan, and that evacuation culminated in July when the U.S. left Bagram Airfield, our largest military installation in the region.
Joe Biden was asked on July 8 if the Taliban taking over Afghanistan was inevitable? His response:
“No. It’s not… the likelihood there is going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.
…it took just 5 weeks for the Taliban to prove him wrong.
‘THE BUCK STOPS HERE
The situation in Afghanistan seems to get worse by the minute. And Joe Biden’s impotent address to the nation doe nothing to reassure Americans or our allies.
In true Biden sleazeball fashion, he strategically spent 3/4 of his speech re-directing and making the point that we’ve sacrificed enough American blood in Afghanistan and it was time to leave…
Duh. Most Americans agree. But that’s not the issue. As former President Trump correctly said in a statement yesterday: “It’s not that we left Afghanistan. It’s the grossly incompetent way we left!”
Despite claiming “the bucks stops here,” the remaining 1/4 of his speech was spent blaming everyone but himself for the disaster that he created. Then he tucked his tail and ran without taking a single question from reporters, leaving even CNN’s Kaitlin Collins to shout, “How can you take no questions on this?”
While Biden hid from the press, here are some of the biggest developments that went down yesterday:
? Taliban fighters are going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 and forcing them into sex slavery. Jihadist commanders have ordered imams to bring them lists of unmarried women for their soldiers to marry because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ – to be divided up among the victors. [Daily Mail]
? A source inside the White House has confirmed that Kamala Harris was pressed by the administration to give an update to the American people but refused, saying “They will not pin this s**t on me.” [Becker News]
? There is mounting frustration and anger at Biden’s handling of evacuations among officials in his own administration, as well as lawmakers of both parties. One said Biden was behind the curve as things deteriorated, “Every decision has come too late.” [Reuters]
? The acting US Ambassador to Afghanistan fled the country last weekend. Britain’s ambassador is still in Kabul helping his nation’s citizens get out. British diplomats are full of contempt for the lack of coordination by the U.S. government. [National Review]
? Taliban are going house to house in Kabul looking for any Afghan Special Forces who fount alongside the U.S. military. The Taliban have all the records of those who served. [Fox News]
? At a Pentagon press briefing, a reporter asked if anything was being done to prevent U.S. weapons from falling into the hands of the Taliban, like destroying them. Maj. Gen Hank Taylor responded, “I don’t have the answer to that question.”
? The Global Times, a tabloid controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, is using Biden’s mess as propaganda, and warned Taiwan on it could face the same fate as Afghanistan if it continued relying on the United States as an ally. [Newsweek]
To the veterans and active-duty military: If you or anyone you know is struggling with what’s happening and you need someone to talk to, Military On Source has your back. They have professionals who can help you work through it.
Meanwhile, the Log Cabin Republicans noted that the Biden Administration is Surrendering Afghan LGBT Allies to the Taliban
Log Cabin Republicans Managing Director Charles Moran released the below statement on the Biden Administration’s abandonment of LGBT Afghans during the withdrawal:
What’s happening in Afghanistan is without question a catastrophe. We are grateful to every American who served in Afghanistan over the last 20 years and sacrificed so much to give the people of Afghanistan a chance to fight for their own freedom. The Biden Administration’s disastrous withdrawal without conditions dishonors their sacrifices.
But one angle we cannot overlook is what is about to happen to Afghanistan’s already-persecuted LGBT community. Make no mistake, the reinstatement of the Taliban is a literal death sentence for LGBT Afghans. Human rights abuses will absolutely increase under this radical regime. The Biden Administration talks a tough game about supporting the LGBT community, but that support evidently doesn’t extend to our allies in Kabul.
We hope the Administration will be held accountable by both parties for this unprecedented disaster, but right now the priority must be to evacuate as many proven US partners and allies from Kabul as possible, including LGBT Afghans.
Note that not only are we abandoning the LGBT Afghans who have no chance under Sharia law, but we abandoning women and children, and those who helped us in the last 20 years.
Meanwhile, Robert Spencer of PJ Media wrote this about the situation.
As the Taliban moves into Kabul and demands the unconditional surrender of the central government, Taliban commander Muhammed Arif Mustafa told CNN: “It’s our belief that one day, mujahedin will have victory, and Islamic law will come not to just Afghanistan, but all over the world. We are not in a hurry. We believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day.” The CNN “journalist,” demonstrating yet again its spectacular misunderstanding of the conflict (which, of course, is shared by the U.S. foreign policy establishment), followed that with “It’s a chilling admission from a group that claims it wants peace.” The Taliban does indeed want peace. It wants peace that will follow the world’s submission to the hegemony of Islamic law.
Muhammed Arif Mustafa was stating plainly what the U.S. State Department steadfastly ignored for twenty years: the fact that the Taliban views itself as the exponents in 21st-century Afghanistan of a fourteen-hundred-year-old conflict, one that is as old as Islam itself. The History of Jihad details how Muslims in Afghanistan and the world over have waged this jihad without any interruption throughout that entire period, with the goal that the Taliban commander enunciated: to establish the rule of Islamic law anywhere and everywhere possible.
This imperative was often energized by grievances, but was never, contrary to State’s assumption, built on grievances alone. The Qur’an commands: “And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah.” (8:39) Some might think that because the Taliban is ending what they perceive as “persecution” – that is, the American presence – in Afghanistan, it will lay down its arms. This is once again a fundamental misunderstanding. The Taliban, and other groups like it, will fight on “until religion is all for Allah.” Within Afghanistan, this will take the form of ferocious and merciless persecution of women who do not obey Islam’s veiling laws, and of anyone else who dares to violate the strictures of Islam in any way. And outside Afghanistan, the Taliban will do all it can to aid jihad groups elsewhere, as it aided al-Qaeda to prepare for the jihad attacks in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
No one in Washington or among American forces in Afghanistan ever showed any sign of understanding of this. In an interview with ABC News back in 2010, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan at the time, Gen. David Petraeus, “conceded that a successful counterinsurgency campaign could take up to 10 more years, but said he intended to stick to the 2011 drawdown date.”
Give Petraeus credit: he was close. The successful counterinsurgency campaign took eleven more years, not ten, but he was only off by one year, and by thinking that the success would be that of the United States, rather than the Taliban. For Petraeus ever to have thought that jihadis could be decisively defeated within ten years demonstrated a spectacular case of willful ignorance. When one believes that one is fighting a struggle that has gone on for fourteen hundred years, a struggle that one inherited from one’s father and will pass on to one’s sons, a setback here or there doesn’t matter. As Muhammad Arif Mustafa told CNN,