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Fall of Kabul: Taliban Enter City, U.S. Diplomats Evacuate, Transition of Power Agreed

Fall of Kabul: Taliban Enter City, U.S. Diplomats Evacuate, Transition of Power Agreed

According to reports just breaking, the Afghan government has agreed to surrender and transition power to the Taliban.

[This post will be updated at the bottom as new developments are happening quickly]

After taking most of Afghanistan, the Taliban has began the offensive to capture country’s capital Kabul.

On Sunday morning, Taliban forces launched a multipronged attack on the Afghan capital, German weekly Der Spiegel reported. The Afghan military posted in the city was failing to offer any resistance to the Mujahedeen onslaught, the magazine confirmed.

Der Spiegel reported as Taliban offensive reaches its final stages:

According to the [Afghan] Ministry of Interior, the attack on Kabul has begun. The Islamists advanced from all direction, the Afghan ministry informed. According to the information received by Der Spiegel, the fighters were still at the outskirts. The advance into the city is now only a matter of time. There is no noticeable resistance by the Afghan troops. [Translated by the author]

According to the Reuters, “United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.” It is unclear if they have safely left the country.

Surprised by the Taliban’s sweeping military gains, President Joe Biden, on Saturday, presented an 11-hour scramble to evacuate the U.S. embassy staff.

However, the rapid Taliban advance on Afghan capital could seriously jeopardize Biden administration’s plans to evacuate the diplomats from the besieged city.

There will be no other way to safely airlift U.S. diplomats and personnel if the Kabul airport were to fall into the hands of the Taliban, news reports suggest. “As a Taliban offensive encircles the Afghan capital, there’s increasingly only one way out for those fleeing the war, and only one way in for U.S. troops sent to protect American diplomats still on the ground: Kabul’s international airport,” The Associated Press noted.

The Reuters reported Biden’s last-minute evacuation plan:

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he had approved additional military forces to go to Kabul to help safely draw down the American embassy and remove personnel from Afghanistan.

In a lengthy statement, Biden defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against Taliban fighters sweeping through the country.

“Based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military and intelligence teams, I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel,” Biden said.

A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of the 5,000 Biden announced, 4,000 were already previously announced. About 1,000 were newly approved and would be from the 82nd Airborne Division.

The U.S. State Department has ordered the embassy staff to destroy “sensitive documents and computers,” the NPR reported.

Britain has dispatched special forces to rescue its ambassador and diplomats. “An SAS rescue operation has been ordered to get the UK ambassador and staff out of the Afghan capital Kabul as Taliban fighters close in,” London-based Daily Mirror reported.

According to reports just breaking, the Afghan government has agreed to surrender and transition power to the Taliban.

Updates:

Deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other some top members of his government left the country and headed to neighboring Tajikistan. “Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has left the capital Kabul for Tajikistan, a senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said on Sunday,” Reuters reported.

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Please Lord, safely deliver our US personnel and troops.

Biden continues to blame Trump, but who cannot see this is a huge Biden failure through weakness/incompetence/idiocy.
Why would they not have evacuated our personnel immediately instead of having them stay and destroy materials? They could have evacuated and blown up the building!

    JusticeDelivered in reply to lc. | August 15, 2021 at 9:27 am

    ” They could have evacuated and blown up the building!”

    With Taliban in it.

    Conservative Beaner in reply to lc. | August 15, 2021 at 10:58 am

    “Please Lord, safely deliver our US personnel and troops.”

    Amen

      Another Voice in reply to Conservative Beaner. | August 15, 2021 at 11:40 am

      My nephew is Squad Leader in the ground crew in Kabul keeping the Blackhawks flying safely for the piolets. I sent a message late yesterday with prayers and woke this morning to read the headlines and a return brief email from him re-assuring me he will be state side soon. As he more than likely will be one of last to leave when the last of the air support is no longer required, I find it quieting to my heart to know there are so many more who are sending up their prayers too. He has plans to retire this coming year and enjoy a newly purchased home with his wife who is getting it squared away for his return. Let this be so.

FortesFortunaJuvat | August 15, 2021 at 7:04 am

Personally, I hope that individual in the WH is haunted by every American death in Afghanistan, from the beginning and by the spirits of those who have been wounded. I hope he is driven absolutely over the edge by his failure. Wherever he goes, I hope he will be humiliated by the results of his actions that he took solely for political purposes and without any concern or consideration for any sacrifices by our service members.

    DEBACLE

    History will forever show Biden as the bumbling fool who unilaterally withdrew in haste and cause a power vacuum that undid everything that UN, NATO and US worked for 20 year to achieve.

    Everyone knows that we had to leave at some point and most agree sooner than later. But the way this was handled was no better than a bunch of high school kids who tire of a burdensome project. Walk away and hope no one notices.

    The US media will, as always, bury the L. But the world has noticed. Adversaries like North Korea, Iran, ISIS, China and Russia have noticed. Friends who rely upon the US like Taiwan, South Korea and Israel have noticed. They will all conclude that America is unable to sustain a fight to an ultimate victory. The world has become more dangerous as a result of this debacle.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Ben Kent. | August 15, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Hmmm…. 5,000 Soldiers to protect the US embassy in Kabul against 75,000 Taliban, but it took 25,000 Soldiers in DC to protect the US capitol against an imaginary threat of unarmed protesters.

    He has no worries.

    Another Voice in reply to FortesFortunaJuvat. | August 15, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    “He will be as humiliated by the results of his actions that he took solely for political purposes and without any concern or consideration for any sacrifices by our service members. ”

    AND as an add on:

    As he has shown over the actions of his son and other family members in his entire career.

    Biden can’t even spell the word humiliation, let alone know what the word means.

The American people themselves may be closer to defeat than Kabul. Look around you at what they have done.

Second Amendment.

I hope the 5,000 troops they’re sending in to perform the rescue will be able to get out. Saigon was a workable helicopter trip to US Navy ships, Kabul is not. Hoping Biden won’t leave people to be captured.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to billdyszel. | August 15, 2021 at 9:32 am

    If our people are captured and they start beheading them, we should end that with a nuke.

    tbonesays in reply to billdyszel. | August 16, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Is that why the USA didn’t leave enough air power to stop the Taliban advance? My understanding is that the North Vietnamese Army could not invade until the US stopped the air war with a Congressional Veto Override.

David Corn on MSNBC is leading the meme that this is all G W Bush’s fault, not Biden’s. (IMHO all are responsible).

    UserP in reply to Oracle. | August 15, 2021 at 11:51 am

    No previous presidents have any control over what Biden is doing now. Biden was presented with numerous options by his advisors. I’m sure he had many options to chose from. He chose this one. What’s happening now is a result of that choice. He could even have chose to do nothing and it wouldn’t have been this bad.

    And don’t blame the advisors and generals. Biden is responsible for chosing his own advisors and generals. If he didn’t like the options presented to him or if they didn’t give him enought options he should have fired them and got new ones.

    Somebody needs to buy him a sign for his desk that says “the buck stops here”. But the problem is nobody knows where the buck stops because nobody knows who’s in charge. And it’s not Biden.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Oracle. | August 15, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Good heavens. Is David Corn still around?

    stevewhitemd in reply to Oracle. | August 15, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Mr. Corn is a Democratic operative with a byline. He has to blame someone other than Democrats. That’s his job.

While Biden was getting his ass kicked in Afghanistan, ANTIFA was getting its ass kicked big time in LA.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/08/watch-patriots-kick-antifas-butts-recall-newsome-rally-los-angeles/

We outnumber them in huge numbers. We should be prepared to kick butt every time we step out and use our 1st amendment rights.

America is getting the predictable outcome from the 2020 election. GOP and Dems deny there was anything wrong. Military leaders, SCOTUS, media and alphabet agencies agree. They are suppressing 1A right now so deal with that and stop with the 2A talk. It’s Not going to happen.

I wouldn’t worry about the troops getting out, I am sure they can take care of themselves.
Also not surprised at speed of the collapse, it’s quite historically occurrence.

    stevewhitemd in reply to Skip. | August 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Correct about the speed — the “Afghan National Army” wasn’t national and it wasn’t an army. The leaders didn’t care about it, and the soldiers returned the favor. There was no morale and no willingness to die for a country that really doesn’t exist.

    So it’s no surprise that the ANA folded like a cheap lawn-chair.

    Another Voice in reply to Skip. | August 15, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Skip, You must be a prior experienced military! Your post sounds much like my nephew’s replies when I reach out with and for my concern of his taking care and my prayers that he be kept safe.

I have it! Kabul and the rest of Afghanistan fell so fast because the US military trained the Afghans to repel attacks from white nationalists and MAGA supporters. Obviously the US military underestimated the sinister reach of white supremacists. The solution is obvious: more antiracism seminars and training will turn the tide against the Taliban.

Right now the top brass at the Pentagon are frantically looking through their copies of “White Fragility” and “How To Be An Antiracists” for a solution to the current crisis in Afghanistan.

With the Afghan leadership fleeing any motivation or morale among Afghans to resist has evaporated other than for their personal survival.

If I were the Taliban I would encircle the embassy areas and the airport. Forcing the evacuation to run the gauntlet to exit. Put down artillery, rocket and mortar fire on the runways and any alternative runways and LZ.

At that point I would demand unconditional surrender of Afghanistan along with a nominal surrender of US and other coalition Forces and their embassies. Offer a peaceful exit in exchange. Those diplomat’s accreditation expired the moment the Afghan government collapsed and the leadership fled. If refused then shell the embassies and runways. Bring every aircraft under fire.

IOW allow the option for US and coalition personnel to depart but demand surrender and that they pass under the yoke so to speak. If refused treat them all as enemy combatants.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to CommoChief. | August 16, 2021 at 10:55 am

    At this point, though emotions can overrule reason, the smart thing for the Taliban to do is to let the western personnel and citizens leave and not tempt large scale military intervention or retribution that could disrupt there power of blunt their current image.

    It also makes sense to let a good proportion of Afghan citizens who want to leave to leave. Fewer people to kill, arrest or control later on. These could develop into a nucleus of external opposition to the Taliban, but they can find family members who did not leave and more of less hold them hostage to make sure those leaving with the Americans behave. In addition, what Afghan is going to have confidence in the support of the US going forward? Developing an external opposition will be difficult.

    The smart thing for them to do is to just let everyone leave, especially the western citizens. A good stampede of Afghan citizens is also helpful for propaganda and other utilitarian purposes. The senses of thousands of people desperately trying to leave and unable to do so nor being helped by the US is all this needed. Therefore, I suspect this is what will occur. The blood retribution will come later.

    A volatility mixed in is all the released ISIS and Taliban fighters and terrorists. Many are inherently violent and may immediately oppress the the people, seek blood retribution, and or start attacking western citizens or military personnel. A lot of these people will have a lot of street creds with Taliban rank and file fighters and could sway them into committing rash acts even if the Taliban political leadership disagrees. .They simply like violence and may be hard to control.

    I assume what is going on now is a negotiation between the US government and the Taliban on the price tag to ensure the safety of the US citizens instructed to “shelter in place” so they can be evacuated. They are likely in fact hostages in all but name at the moment.

    Keeping these hostages dispersed across Kabul and Afghanistan helps the Taliban as it is virtually impossible to for US special forces to effect a rescue of a large number of people in dispersed small groups. So the advice given to our citizens to “shelter in place” is going to make it harder to get them out of the country. Military personnel should be traveling to collect these people and get the airport and dare the Taliban to attack them. Divisions should be mobilizing and getting ready to move to put weight behind the dare.

    The big point is that we knew this day was coming. It had been announced? Why were not US citizens evacuated already, and essential contractors and civilians not replaced my military personnel? Likely because this would have caused a temporary increase in military personnel that would have appeared to be counter to the claim of pulling out, and a completely delusional idea that the Afghan government could hold onto power.

    Miley should be fired and so should the Commander of US Central Command. The president’s National Security Advisor and Afghanistan team should be fired. The director of the CIA should be fired.

    Of course the Commander in Chief should also be fired. It is a shame we will likely need to wait until an election to do so. He is not fit to lead.

Why were we still in Afghanistan? I mean we went in to get bin Laden and we got him, so why were we still there? If the Taliban burn down girls’ schools in Afghanistan, well that’s tragic but it’s not America’s job to stop that kind of thing. If the Taliban are foolish enough give safe haven to another international terrorist like bin Laden we can always go back and kick their butts some more. There’s plenty not to like about President Biden, but I think he got this one right.

    UserP in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Bin Laden wasn’t in Afghanistan when we got him. He was killed Abbottabad, Pakistan where he had lived for about six years. He will killed in 2011 so he had been in Pakistan since about 2005.

      Dennis in reply to UserP. | August 15, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Well sure, but the reason he was in Pakistan was because we chased him out of Afghanistan. So long as bin Laden was on the loose we had to stay in Afghanistan to keep him from going back there and reuniting w/ his homies in the Taliban, but after bin Laden got got by those Navy SEALS why did we need to stay in Kabul?

        UserP in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 12:28 pm

        I agree, I think you’re right. In any case, Bin Laden was sick. TIME Magazine reported in 2008 that CIA officials had concluded that bin Laden had serious kidney disease and had just months left to live. So why stay after Bin Laden’s dead? I guess they wanted to try to transform the country which as others have said on other threads was pretty much impossible. There’s not much change after 20 years.

        davey1983 in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

        To keep the Taliban and Al Qaeda in check. If they are worried about a US attack they are not performing a terrorist attack on US soil.

          UserP in reply to davey1983. | August 15, 2021 at 3:53 pm

          A total of 2,312 US military personnel in Afghanistan have died and 20,066 have been wounded since 2001. I personally don’t think it was worth it and I serioulsy doubt we are any safer.

      WashRep in reply to UserP. | August 16, 2021 at 11:11 am

      There is no doubt whatsoever that we could have sent Osama to Hell in 2002 if the GD lawyers in the Pentagon hadn’t stopped the operation because it “might” have harmed a “non-combatant”. That was when he was hiding in the caves at Tora Bora.

    Ben Kent in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    @dennis – No one disputes leaving Afghanistan. It is the way Biden did it. He unilaterally just pulled out. No peace treaty. NO armistice. No defense plan. He left Bagram airbase in the middle of the night and did not even tell the Afghans – so the based was overrun with scavengers and Taliban operatives.

    Face it. Biden blew it. And the wishful thinking of the so-called “intelligence” services was all skewed to fit Biden’s policy – rather than policy being based on clear assessment. This all stinks. Yes we had to leave and should have done so years ago – but the wat we leave was important. Now America looks like bumbling fools.

      Dennis in reply to Ben Kent. | August 15, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Do you think doing any of those things would have changed the ultimate outcome? The Taliban is the dominant military power there, take the Americans out of the equation and they take over. Maybe Biden could have done a deal w/ the Taliban where they waited a few months to overrun the country to make the whole thing look better, but is that really so important?

        Another Voice in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 12:46 pm

        Here ya go Dennis, directly from the Taliban.
        Yesterday Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen speaking in Qatar’s to Al-Jazeera a English satellite news channel where he wouldn’t offer specifics on any possible negotiations between the Taliban and the government but did concede that his forces were seeking that the central government unconditionally surrender.

        This morning the Taliban forces are IN Kabul…Biden’s negotiations agenda was put back on the table when Pres. Trump walked out the door. The negotiations have left not only our hardware investments standing but the human factor of all those who vested their hope with leaders who value human rights.

        As of right now Ashraf Ghani is now the “former president” and said he had left the country.

          Another Voice in reply to Another Voice. | August 15, 2021 at 12:56 pm

          As an add on, our own President left town/the White House rather than staying in DC giving American Military and citizens at least the appearance of standing guard and on duty to support this fast moving …FUBAR as I’ve heard called by my military family members..

        CommoChief in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 1:33 pm

        Dennis,

        1. This isn’t the ‘Taliban’ as such; it’s primarily orchestrated by a wider network of Pushtan tribes in coordination with the other tribes and the Taliban who are anti Western.

        2. The fighting season in Afghanistan is usually May to August. Biden delayed the implementation of DJT plan and agreements by several months.

        3. The delay pushed the final withdrawal into fighting season and more importantly provided a strategic pause allowing the anti Western coalition to organize, plan and stage for the rapid assault and destruction of Afghan forces.

        Biden owns all of his decisions. We see the consequences of those in full view. Failure.

      UserP in reply to Ben Kent. | August 15, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      They should have evacuated the embassy and all personnel before taking the military home and closing the bases. Taking the military out should have been the very last thing. As it is, it looks bad having people there with no protection.

        Dennis in reply to UserP. | August 15, 2021 at 3:21 pm

        Good point. Our leaders do seem to have been taken aback at how quickly things went to hell after the military withdrawal.

    CommoChief in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Dennis,

    ‘We can go back’; presumably you are volunteering for future ground combat and would never be so callous as to suggest unspecified others do so in support of your policy preferences.

    ‘Biden got it right’; no not even close. The decision to withdraw is only the first step. The manner of the withdrawal, the plan his DoD developed, the plan he approved based on catastrophically flawed and wildly optimistic Intel assessments, the last second deployment of additional forces to the region included the ready battalion of the 82 Airborne demonstrates a top down failure.

    Every POTUS has military advisors in the WH separate from the Pentagon. The purpose of the National Security advisor is to present a clear eyed review of the Pentagon plans that aren’t corrupted by the bias and turf wars of the Pentagon.

    Biden selected his staff. He is responsible for their failure. This debacle was avoidable. Biden chose short term political gains from victory lap announcements of ‘I ended the Afghan war and brought troops home’. Then was forced to send troops back at the 11th hour to prevent a slaughter of our personnel.

    The manner a mission is conducted is much more important than the decision to conduct a mission. Biden owns every bit of this farce.

    UserP in reply to Dennis. | August 15, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    “There’s plenty not to like about President Biden, but I think he got this one right.”

    Biden didn’t get anything right because he’s not in charge and he’s not really the president. He’s only acting like he’s the president while someone else is really calling the shots. Whoever is behind the scenes making the decisions didn’t get it right either because they should have evacuated the embassy and all personnel before taking the troops out and closing the bases. Taking the military out should have been the very last thing. Sending the Marines back again now they have a crisis means that it was not done right.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to UserP. | August 16, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Biden flubbed this because it was not properly executed. Any planning that seems to have been done was poorly done. The National Security Advisor to the president and the entire Afghanistan national security staff needs to be fired, as does the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff (Miley), the commander of US Central Command, plus the director of the CIA.

      Sliding these people out over time with a nice public thank you for all their service and such is one way to do it, but a Trumpian notification via CNN and Fox, or perhaps a tweet, would be a more appropriate way.

This is going exactly as Comrade Biden planned, right?

Except for the fact our IC estimated only a week or so ago it would take 90 days for the Taliban to take Kabul. Seems our IC, and military, now spend too much time promoting equity and diversity and purging ‘extremists’, while fantasizing about domestic terrorist threats and how to deal with them, and not enough time on their real jobs.

It’s now clear the Afghanistan adventure was flawed from the beginning. Just like Iraq.

America cannot win wars without a full commitment to do whatever is necessary to win. And we haven’t had that since Dec 7, 1945.

Best we not get in any more wars without that kind of public support.

The NeverTrump NeoCons probably think we needed only another 20 years and another trillion dollars to achieve victory over 7th century goat herders.

Meanwhile Comrade Biden talks about unleashing F15s and nukes to defeat US citizens who oppose him and his regime.

The US is totally f’d up.

    JHogan in reply to JHogan. | August 15, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Dec 7, 1941.

    Danny in reply to JHogan. | August 15, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Which is a fantastic reason to end the irresponsible lunacy of always advocating we need a couple hundred trillion extra in military industrial complex budget because the pentagon says so and it is a day ending in y.

    Actually it needs a cut, we are not at war, we haven’t been in a real war in decades spending like it is the second world war is stupid.

    The woke industrial complex needs major budget cuts or defunding.

So, from what I hear, if the Taliban capture the international airport then all the Americans and our soldiers are trapped inside Kabul. FUBAR

    CommoChief in reply to Gersh204. | August 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Not entirely. To say the least losing the airport would complicate matters. There are alternatives like using roadways ECT for rough field capable aircraft and Helos don’t need an airport just open space.

    Those alternatives are better than nothing but are not a desirable option. Conducting a road march out like Xenophon and the Ten Thousand is a last resort, basically unthinkable.

    Another Voice in reply to Gersh204. | August 15, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    The troops left in Kabul around 3000, have control of Hamid Karzai Int.Airport where the Chinooks and Apache arsenal carrying copters are located. Also, the Blackhawks and their piolets are there along with all the military and contract military to support and execute the governments action plan. The Blackhawks job normally used to move troops are now moving associated personnel out to where they are allowed to enter if they have their paper work processed. It is the short-sightedness of Biden and his Generals not to have planned for the worse and hope for the best which is making this such a sh*t show! Those are still our men and women standing on the front line for us.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Another Voice. | August 15, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      They are not getting those helicopters out of country without Taliban permission. They will need to be loaded onto aircraft or trucks. They could gain a number of sophisticated aircraft or we may see the sad sight of the US destroying these aircraft to avoid their capture.

It’s a bitter truth that western leftists completely misled Afghanis – many of whom are now in fear for their lives. They were interested in nation-building – a social experiment that has never previously been successful. It was the ultimate mission creep. It started with – lets remove Al Quaeda to let’s build a modern western style democracy in central asia. They imported to Afghanistan all the liberal western values of rights for females and for gays and other marginalized people.

Those people depended upon the promises of UN, NATO and America. The fact is that these were promises that should not have been made unless we were committed to stay for 50+ years (generations). Now all the feminists and gays and others will be hunted down and killed. And there is not a damn thing we can do about. We committed them to a death sentence.

This is what happens when you deny reality and let wishful thinking guide policy. I’m referring to both foreign policy and domestic.

Brave Sir Robbin | August 15, 2021 at 1:31 pm

The US has the capability to take and hold the airport. The embassy is not too terribly far away (2 miles) by a direct route. If required, the US could surge into the city from the airport and take the embassy should it be stormed by the Taliban.

The question would be if the Embassy security could hold long enough to make such an operation worthwhile.

I do not know how quickly these 5,000 Marines and Soldiers could get on the ground in Kabul. It depends on if the military was preparing for such an operation and the required units were packed and on alert.

We will see how the Taliban behaves. Storming the embassy would be a major risk. Easier to just become recognized as the government and then instruct the US mission to leave.

However, if the want to try and embarrass the United States….. This will depend greatly on their take regarding Joe Biden. I would suppose US representatives and in talks with the Taliban. I would assume a promise of money is being made in exchange for protection of the embassy. However, give that a reported 5,000 us troops are on the way, there must be some doubt such an exchange will work.

    Another Voice in reply to Brave Sir Robbin. | August 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    The decision to vacate Bragram Air Base 15 miles away from Kabul with resources to support the receiving and support of 5000 troops just over 30 days ago, which represents the same number removed, is an example of the ineptitude of not only Biden but the boot lickers who also have zero fortitude.

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Another Voice. | August 15, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Oh, the administration is indeed incompetent, and if the Taliban wanted to make a bigger mess, they are in a position to do so. However, that they have not so far assaulted or taken the airport is a sign this will likely not turn out so bad. But rash decisions by either side could put in motion very bad events.

      It appears the US embassy has been fully abandoned and has moved station to the airport where there is already decent sized military contingent large enough to fight off all but a very large and aggressive assault. The US has specialized capabilities and units (Rangers) trained to assault and take airports, so hunkering down at the airport makes the most sense.

      What I am most worried about are the perhaps thousands of US citizens that likely cannot make their way to the airport. These could become bargaining chips to extract billions from and humiliate old clueless Joe and his feckless and distracted SECDEF and Chairman of the JCS.

      Shame all of this may spoil the Joe’s vacation at Camp David. But don’t worry, Dr. Jill is there and likely snapping out decisions.

“The Afghan Security Forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country…” – Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, July 21, 2021.

Apparently leaving lots and lots of time for our military to purge the ranks of extremists, promote ‘equity’, ramp up CRT indoctrination, and study the white rage that caused the Jan 6 Insurrection.

In another month or two Milley will be telling us all about how the Jan 6 ‘Insurrection’ is like the Taliban’s August, 2021 insurrection in Afghanistan.

    Danny in reply to JHogan. | August 15, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    No he won’t he would never racialize the Afghan conflict because Afghanistan is considered part of Asia, you would have to persuade him they are Europeans for him to do that.

Another Voice | August 15, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Just posted in updates that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken conferring with Biden on Saturday by telephone with Ghani discussed the urgency of ongoing diplomatic and political efforts to reduce the violence.
Do you believe it came up in the conversation that Pres. Ghani was bailing out and leaving town early Sunday morning? And by early, consider the time line in Kabul is 8 hours ahead of us on the East Coast.

ISIS, revisited. Obama’s legacy is secured.

Ths debacle is a defeat for the US but a victory for this Administration that seeks our ruin,

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