Congressman says 10,000 interpreters left behind in Afghanistan are “gone,” many executed by Taliban

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WASHINGTON, DC- Americans aren’t the only people left behind by the Biden administration’s hasty, inept exit from Afghanistan.

According to the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Taliban has already started to execute a number of the estimated 10,000 interpreters who worked with U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to Newsmax.

Appearing on CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Monday, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) noted that the so-called “Afghan allies” whom we were told were being evacuated among the over 100,000 Afghans evacuated from the country, were in many cases left behind and are not being permitted to leave, and in fact many are being killed.

“The interpreters, who worked with our Special Forces, they are gone,” McCaul said. “The Taliban will not allow them to leave. These are the guys who worked right with our Special Forces. The Taliban views them as the worst of the worst because they betrayed, in their view, their country and they worked with the infidels.”

McCaul estimates there are some 10,000 interpreters who were left behind in Afghanistan, while if you also consider their family members, the number of those at-risk likely numbers 30,000 or more.

The congressman was questioned by host Wolf Blitzer if he believed those left behind would be able to get out.

“So, you think they’re going to be stuck? They’re never going to get out?” Blitzer asked McCaul.

“They’re already being executed. We’re already getting stories of families and interpreters being executed by the Taliban,” McCaul replied.

McCaul also took the occasion to slam the Biden administration for the haphazard exit from Afghanistan.

“Had they done this sooner, this actually could have worked,” he said.

“But they waited for the last minute on the hopes that they had this peace deal with the Taliban.”

That narrative was disputed by the feckless Secretary of State Antony Blinken in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, where he claimed the administration had indeed prepared for “worst-case scenarios” in Afghanistan.

Blinken claimed, despite all appearances that the Biden administration was “intensely focused” on the safety of Americans in the war-torn nation and had been “constantly assessing” the ability of the Afghan government to take over in America’s absence.

“Even the most pessimistic assessments did not predict that government forces in Kabul would collapse while U.S. forces remained,” Blinken said.

“Nonetheless we planned and exercised a wide range of contingencies.”

Blinken continued, “The evacuation itself was an extraordinary effort—under the most difficult conditions imaginable—by our diplomats, by our military, by our intelligence professionals.”

Republicans however were having none of it, portraying the operation as chaotic and slammed the administration for abandoning Americans and leaving their fate up to the terrorist Taliban.

McCaul referred to the evacuation as a “disaster of epic proportions.”

“This was an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions,” McCaul said.

“I never though in my lifetime that I would see an unconditional surrender to the Taliban.”

True to form, Blinken, one of the most incompetent Secretaries of State in US history attempted to lay blame for the sheer incompetence of the Biden administration’s withdrawal.

We inherited a deadline; we did not inherit a plan,” Blinken said.

That of course is absurd mainly because Biden has overturned or circumvented nearly every single policy implemented under the Trump administration and this one wasn’t any different.

In fact, after Biden scuttled Trump’s May 1 deadline, he initially extended it by four months to September 11. It was only after polling showed that was a terrible idea did he change it to August 31. Still, they had four months longer than the deadline set by Trump and still blew it.

McCaul eviscerated the Biden administration for ignoring generals and intelligence, while accusing the United States of “betrayal” of its Afghan allies.

He noted that the current interim Afghan government includes some individuals wanted by the United States, including interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, wanted on terrorism allegations.

“We are now at the mercy of the Taliban’s reign of terror,” McCaul said, while warning of a “dark veil of sharia law” as the Taliban once again implement their reign of terror against Afghan women.

Blinken noted that the Taliban had violated the term of Trump’s deal (which would have led to severe consequences if Trump was still president) but claims that Biden had faced the choice of continuing the pullout or sending “substantially more” US troops into the country.

“There’s no evidence that staying longer would have made the Afghan security forces or the Afghan government any more resilient or self-sustaining,” Blinken said.

“If 20 years and hundreds of billions of dollars in support, equipment and training did not suffice, why would another year, another five, another 10?”

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The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- We’ve sat on the sidelines, shaking our heads at the sheer incompetence of the Biden administration.

After months of spending future generations of Americans into bankruptcy before they’ve even grown up or been born, Team Biden turned its attention to foreign policy, which we were told was the strength of Joe Biden and his team of Obama-era retreads.

Some two weeks or so after Biden’s team put the finishing touches on the ultimate embarrassment for the United States, with thirteen dead American service members, twenty injured and hundreds of dead Afghans, not one member of the administration has either resigned or been fired. None.

As a matter of fact, the only non-combat casualty of this fiasco is Marine Corps Lt. Stuart P. Scheller Jr., who in a viral video demanded accountability from the unaccountable, namely the senior military leadership who clearly botched the U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

Scheller, who was initially relieved of his command after the release of the video subsequently resigned his commission as a Marine Corps officer, thereby sacrificing over a million-dollar pension and seventeen years of service to the Corps.

Not only did Scheller give up his career and his pension, he may soon also give up his freedom, as he is facing the possibility of a court martial and possible jail time for his “transgression” of telling the truth. Yet out of this whole clusterf*ck, he may be the only one who loses his job.

Joel B. Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News in an op-ed said what we have been thinking since this whole nightmare started—it is time for senior administration officials in defense, state, national security and intelligence to either be fired or resign.

Until that happens, as Pollak notes “America’s credibility and military deterrent” will continue to decline. A lack of accountability will literally put our “national security at risk.”

We agree.

We wrote as the sheer ineptitude of Biden’s national security team came to light that it was time to clean house, which Pollak also suggests.

All of them must go—Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, CIA director William Burns and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Every single one of them bungled the Afghanistan situation beyond belief.

While Biden should also be included in that group, the only way that will happen is through the 25th Amendment or impeachment. While Republicans can try submitting articles of impeachment, with Crazy Pelosi running the show in the House that will go nowhere. Still, it’s worth a try if for nothing else other than optics. Still somebody…a lot of somebody’s need to go. 

For example, while the Taliban was running roughshod over Afghanistan earlier this year, what were Austin and Milley doing? Concerning themselves with “white rage” and foisting critical race theory on the people whose only job is to kill people and break things.

That’s it. The military isn’t some kind of grand social experiment despite the apparent focus of military leadership. They are there to provide for our national defense. 

Focusing on “transition” surgery for military members is a hell of a lot less important than making sure we don’t leave $80 billion of military equipment left behind which can then be repurposed by terrorists. Having “drag queen shows” on military bases isn’t as important as keeping focused on what China and Russia are doing.

As Pollak notes, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) has proposed a bill to ban critical race theory (CRT) from the military. That is a step in the right direction. CRT does nothing to build morale, cohesion, unity of purpose, mission, or esprit de corps.

All it does is sow racial division and foment the fantasy that the United States was founded on racist principles. How does the military expect men and women to sacrifice their lives for a country which is claimed to be racist at its core?

Pollak also says that the United States needs a strategic focus in what exactly our mission is. A number of Americans have concluded that the United States simply cannot and should not act in the capacity of the world’s policeman.

While a representative republic has worked out great for our country, trying to get other countries to “buy in” to that is a fool’s errand. So-called “nation-building” is not and should not be the goal of the United States.

Simply put, some countries do not want to live under a Democracy. Forcing our ideology on nations and peoples who don’t want it is a waste of time and resources.

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Clearly our greatest threat right now in light of the fall of Afghanistan is the southern border. Democrats attempt to portray everyone crossing the southern border as either Mexicans or refugees from the Northern Triangle countries.

However as has been documented, people are crossing the border from countries all over the world, including the Middle East.

Given the fact that our failure in Afghanistan resulted in 5,000 ISIS fighters being released from prison, is it too much to expect that some of those terrorists might find their way to Mexico? And then into our porous southern border? That is why we must secure the southern border…NOW! 

Finally, Pollak notes (and we agree) that our increasing national debt poses a significant national security risk to our country. He addressed the fact that when the “war on terror” began in 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the national debt stood at less than $6 trillion.

That’s a lot of money, but since that time, Congress has basically said “hold my beer.” That debt has increased nearly five times and is at just under $28 trillion.

Simply put, that is not sustainable.

There is currently pending another $5 trillion plus spending and “infrastructure” package that is basically a cornucopia of leftist wish list items. And while the Democrats proposed spending spree is pretty much across the board, there is one glaring deficiency—national defense.

At a time when both China and Russia are exponentially increasing their military equipment, we are still using 60-year-old plus B-52s. Our nuclear missile capability is using decades-old technology. Yet the proposed defense budget has been proposed to be flat funded.

Last month, as we made our erratic exit from Afghanistan, it was announced by the Social Security Administration that as of 2034, it would no longer be able to fund full benefits.

In other words, if you are 50 years old today and younger, the social security benefits you paid into your entire life will not be there. Yet here we are, with Democrats proposing to lower the age to qualify for Medicare while expanding the program to cover vision and dental. Simply put, it is not sustainable.

Pollak suggests a mix of issuing long-term bonds, entitlement reforms and changes in domestic spending in order to help social security survive. Unfortunately, changes in domestic spending and entitlement reforms are unlikely to happen, no matter which party controls Congress.

We agree with Pollak that out country is desperately in need of a moral revival and a serious dose of self-reflection as to exactly who we are and what our country needs to be going forward.

It is the ultimate in irony that while we see our southern border being overrun by people trying to escape other countries to come here, the Democrats claim that America is a systemically racist country where people of color have no chance. Why then would people be risking their very lives clamoring to get here? That of course makes no sense.

Pollak said:

“We cannot defeat enemies when we lack moral self-confidence—when our president says we are beset by ‘systemic racism,’ and our role models kneel to protest the American flag. Young people are abandoning religious faith—and having fewer babies, too, which is like a vote of no confidence in the country’s future. We are long overdue for an awakening of patriotic and religious feeling.”

That is a great idea. In fact, former President Donald Trump attempted to establish a 1776 Commission which released The 1776 Report on January 18, 2021.

The report was promptly quashed by Joe Biden as one of his first executive orders. The 1776 Report completely eviscerated the historically inaccurate “1619 Project,” which claimed the U.S. was founded by racists on racist principles. Yet Joe Biden, once again selling out to the far-left neo-Marxist base of his party, dismissed the report.

Pollak is correct.

“We need, in short to start over. And the first step must be to remove the leaders who brought us here. Nothing more should happen in Congress until those responsible for Afghanistan are gone.”

We won’t hold our breath. Democrats are so far off the rails that Nancy Pelosi last week refused to have the names of the thirteen dead service members killed in Afghanistan read into the Congressional record as part of a moment of silence.

The Democrats have refused Republican requests for a commission to look into what exactly went wrong with our pullout in Afghanistan.

So we put the safety and security of our country in the hands of fools like Austin, Milley, Blinken, Sullivan and others who totally and completely turned the withdrawal from Afghanistan into one of the greatest military blunders since Little Big Horn.

God help us.

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