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CBS News Blames Climate Change For Taliban Strength

CBS News Blames Climate Change For Taliban Strength

“If you’ve lost your crop and land or the Afghan government hasn’t paid enough attention [to you] then of course, the Taliban can come and exploit it”

Every once in a while, it becomes crystal clear that the media thinks its job is to push the pet political projects of the progressive left.

In this case, we have a real news report claiming that climate change is partially to blame for the rise of the Taliban.

This is not The Onion or the Babylon Bee.

This is CBS News:

How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban

Rural Afghanistan has been rocked by climate change. The past three decades have brought floods and drought that have destroyed crops and left people hungry. And the Taliban — likely without knowing climate change was the cause — has taken advantage of that pain.

While agriculture is a source of income for more than 60% of Afghans, more than 80% of conflicts in the country are linked to natural resources, according to a joint study by the World Food Programme, the United Nations Environment Program and Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency. In 2019, Afghanistan ranked sixth in the world for countries most impacted by climate change, according to the Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index.

Over the last 20 years, agriculture has ranged from 20 to 40% of Afghanistan’s GDP, according to the World Bank. The country is famous for its pomegranates, pine nuts, raisins and more. However, climate change has made farming increasingly difficult.

Whether from drought or flood-ravaged soil, farmers in the region struggle to maintain productive crops and livestock. When they cannot profitably farm, they’re forced to borrow funds to survive. When Afghans can’t pay off lenders, the Taliban often steps in to sow government resentment.

“If you’ve lost your crop and land or the Afghan government hasn’t paid enough attention [to you] then of course, the Taliban can come and exploit it,” said Kamal Alam, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.

This was my reaction to the story:

Here are a few more Twitter reactions:

It’s like the left has a wheel with all of their favorite issues that they just spin to decide which thing is responsible for any given problem.

Either that or a dart board.


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2smartforlibs | August 21, 2021 at 10:08 am

Time the propaganda machine did some introspection.

CBS is wrong. The real problem is white nationalism.

Or maybe it is voter ID. No, it is the lack of a “zero tolerance” policy about correct pronouns. Whatever.

    ScottTheEngineer in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | August 21, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Whatever the cause, I think they’re showing a pretty serious lack of gun control.

    Anonymous Bosh in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | August 21, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Not Trump? Well, I guess that’s “progress” of a sort.

      Ben Kent in reply to Anonymous Bosh. | August 21, 2021 at 2:56 pm

      TWEET ?

      At least we did not suffer through tweets telling us how the Taliban have kicked our ass due to inept woke politics overtaking actual military operations.

      You know, reality.

      The leftists prefer their safe spaces where they can live like sheep and pretend there are no worlds in the world. Easily misled morons who will accept anything at face value – so long as it is packaged in the right way (see virtue signal). Blame everything on Climate Change or Trump or both. For a party that claims to want to get at “root causes” of the border crisis – they’re really good at misdirection.

Except food production in that country has doubled in recent years, no doubt as a result of American guidance and spending on technology and fertilizer.

The next time a proggie spews this Climate Change bullshit to my face, I’m going to punch him in the throat.

    Nah, just laugh in their face

    Then punch them in the throat.

    jb4 in reply to Paul. | August 21, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    If you google it, there was also a 37% increase in opium poppy cultivation in 2020. Also, for the science-deniers, an increasing CO2 level is beneficial for plants.

    henrybowman in reply to Paul. | August 21, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    “The past three decades have brought floods and drought that have destroyed crops and left people hungry.”

    Poor, poor, Afghan Farmer Goldilocks!
    “This field is too wet!
    “This field is too dry!
    “This field is just right… but it’s in Pakistan!”
    And when the Three Talibans returned back home, they found Farmer Goldilocks asleep!

E Howard Hunt | August 21, 2021 at 10:17 am

What is hilarious is that only oldsters, who don’t cotten to this drivel, still watch CBS; thus alienating the core of remaining viewers. I predict (based on my climate models) that CBS will soon come a cropper.

Come on, guys.
This is obvious.
They have to blame somebody other than Biden, and climate change is the guy who can’t push back.

CBS? Are they still in business? Who knew?

rustyshamrock | August 21, 2021 at 10:58 am

So, climate change has impacted the Poppy crop?

They might as well announce that due to climate change things don’t look good for Americans stranded there. But climate change aside, that is the biggest news: “Things don’t look good for Americans.”

Hardly any have been rescued so far. Hope grows more dim with each passing day. Reminds me of the rescue operation after the collapse of the Condo in Miami.

    Ben Kent in reply to UserP. | August 21, 2021 at 3:06 pm


    You see the people who are about to be slaughtered by the Taliban are * actually * being killed by climate change that has enabled the Taliban. So directing $3 Trillion to climate change is attacking the “root cause”. The same way Kum-ala has spend 6 months investigating the “root causes” of the border crisis. So it’s obvious to CBS that Biden’s $3.5 Trillion Infrastructure plan (not really infrastructure, wink-wink) must be adopted by Congress. And if the Rs block it they are complicit in the deaths of all those killed by Taliban. And so it’s Trump’s fault.

    See the Leftist logic ? ?

      henrybowman in reply to Ben Kent. | August 21, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      “6 months investigating the “root causes” of the border crisis.”

      It’s like paying an architect four figures to determine the root cause of why your front door won’t stay shut, and having him report that your grandkid keeps leaving it open.

      mark311 in reply to Ben Kent. | August 22, 2021 at 2:14 am

      Your argument would work a lot better if the infrastructure bill was after the afghan events. Since it isn’t , your attack the logic doesn’t make a whole lot of sense does it.

Perhaps CBS can explain how Climate Change is going to impact the Trillion dollar worth of rare-earth metals that China is about to lay claim to.

‘Famous for it’s pomegranates; taken advantage of the pain’

The glaring omission in the list of crops would certainly ease some of that pain.

Antifundamentalist | August 21, 2021 at 12:30 pm

These people believe that their viewers are stupid. Sadly, they are correct enough that many of their viewers will buy in to this tripe.

Biden took a knee and sociopolitical climate change followed, Forward!

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    UserP in reply to Stuytown. | August 21, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    That’s because Biden is lacking something. If Biden were one of the characters in the wizard of oz, would he be:
    A. Scarecrow with no brains
    B. Cowardly lion with no courage
    C. Tin Woodsman with no heart

    And would Kamala be:
    A. Wicked Witch
    B. Wicked Witch
    C. Wicked Witch

Another sad reminder of just how incredibly ignorant the members of the left wing really are.

Maybe climate change slowed down the Taliban’s advance by a few hours.

Climate change affects all people in negative ways.

Dliefsarb Yrral | August 21, 2021 at 7:34 pm

No speculation is too idiotic for the sheeple who watch and give credence to MSM “news” purveyors. I used to worry that they vote and would soon approach 50% of the electorate. Then, Xiden’s installation showed that to be the wrong threshold of disaster, too high by 5-10%.

“It’s like the left has a wheel with all of their favorite issues that they just spin to decide which thing is responsible for any given problem.”

I have a photo of it.

Told you yesterday that the narrative will drop Afghanistan and come back to the agenda. Probably by Wednesday you won’t hear a peep about Afghanistan or biden’s* total eff up. He should be impeached immediately.
Which would work out if the repubs had a spine. Don’t allow a vote on a veep replacement and we can end this green deal bullschiff.

    henrybowman in reply to 4fun. | August 25, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    You never end anything. You just kick the can down the road. Trump’s stint as president proved that.