Democrats side with Taliban, quash investigation into military equipment abandoned in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, DC- One might think our “leadership” class in Washington, D.C. might have at least a passing interest in finding out why the United States allowed the Taliban to acquire in excess of $85 billion in military equipment abandoned in Afghanistan.

However for Democrats in Washington, D.C., they have decided they will follow the “three monkeys” philosophy where this travesty is concerned—see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

On Tuesday, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) slammed Democrat members of the House Oversight Committee, who ostensibly killed an investigation into how that military equipment was left intact and available for the Taliban, which now was one of the most powerful militaries in the world, armed with American-made weapons, aircraft, and equipment.

“Every single Democrat on the committee voted against this measure,” Mace told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview.

“I don’t know how you vote against this,” Mace said of the Democrats, who inexplicably have zero interest in looking into what happened. Mace’s amendment was ruled “out of order,” and Democrats voted to block the measure.

Under Mace’s amendment, it would have redirected $25 million from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to the to the Department of Defense Inspector General in order to assist in “tracking and recouping military equipment seized by the Taliban.”

So in other words, not only are Democrats not interested in learning how this happened, but they are also not interested in trying to find out where it is and either getting it back or otherwise disposing of it.

Among those voting to block the investigation (and this will come as zero surprise) included far-left Marxist wackos such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Cori Bush (D-MO), Katie Porter (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (R-MD), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Hank (Guam is gonna tip over) Johnson (D-GA), and Ayanna (Chrome Dome) Pressley (D-MA).

Continuing, Mace said, “Thanks to the botched exit from Afghanistan, we effectively gave the Taliban an Air Force, hundreds of thousands of weapons systems, thousands of armored vehicles, thousands of rifles and machine guns, and God knows what else.”

“Today, we have no idea what we left behind and what is now in the hands of the Taliban,” Mace said.

U.S. officials say that between 2002 and 2017, the U.S. transferred some $28 billion in weapons to Afghan forces, however noted that “everything that hasn’t been destroyed is the Taliban’s now.”

Mace continued:

“We had a real opportunity today to address waste, fraud and abuse in Afghanistan, but instead Oversight Democrats were more focused on Bernie Sanders’ budget. Not a single Republican amendment was allowed to pass. No bipartisanship whatsoever.”

 

Breitbart noted that according to The Hill, between 2003-2009, the U.S. provided the following military equipment to Afghanistan:

75,899 vehicles; 599,690 weapons; 162,643 pieces of communications equipment; 208 aircraft; 6,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; 7,035 machine guns, 4,702 Humvees; 20,040 hand grenades; 2,520 bombs; and 1,394 grenade launchers.

On August 26, former President Trump, referring to the Afghanistan withdrawal called it an “absolutely stupid…situation,” in a statement to Breitbart News.

“Well, the only thing that surprised me is that everybody knew how absolutely stupid this situation in Afghanistan was, that it should have never ever been this way,” Trump said.

“Because everybody knows…a child would know, you take the military out last. You get everybody out, then you get all the equipment—you take your $83 billion worth of equipment—then you blow up the bases,” the former president continued.

“And perhaps you stay at, you take a certain area that you may want to keep like Bagram and keep the base Bagram because it’s next to China and Iran.”

“It costs billions and billions of dollars to build. And maybe you keep that for other reasons. But everybody knows that you take your military out last. And they took the military out first,” Trump said.

In the past week or two, the Taliban has mocked the United States by parading in videos wearing U.S. uniforms while showing off U.S. gear abandoned during Biden’s failed exit from Afghanistan.

In one such video, the Taliban was shown driving around in an urban setting while driving U.S. vehicles flying the Taliban flag above the heavy military equipment as onlookers looked on.

Not only did Biden and his team of incompetent lackeys abandon U.S. military equipment in Afghanistan, but they also abandoned American citizens and Afghan allies. The information coming out of the White House, Department of Defense, and State Department has been erratic and contradictory.

Originally, the White House claimed some 11,000 Americans were in the country when it collapsed. However on Sunday, the Associated Press reported that the administration had only rescued some 6,000 Americans during the rescue mission.

After the evacuation, Biden said he had stranded (not his words of course) ten percent of the citizens remaining in the country.

That was later contradicted by the State Department, which claimed after the evacuation that only between 100 to 200 Americans have been stranded (yes, stranded Jen Psaki) behind enemy lines. However that number has been contradicted by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) who told the AP that the number is closer to and over 500.

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UNITED STATES- On Thursday, August 19th, former President Donald Trump explained in a statement the correct way President Joe Biden should have conducted the Afghan withdrawal – and it starts with getting Americans out first.

Trump’s statement said:

“First you bring out all of the American citizens. Then you bring out ALL equipment. Then you bomb the bases to smithereens. AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THE MILITARY.”

He added:

“You don’t do it in reverse order like Biden and our woke Generals did. No chaos, no death — they wouldn’t even know we left!”

Trump’s critique of Biden’s withdrawal underscores the unknown amount of Americans still trapped in the collapsed country since Sunday, August 15th.

Reportedly, estimates have ranged from 10,000 to 40,000, with the Associated Press (AP) reporting on Thursday, August 19th, that 15,000 Americans are stranded.

The United States has evacuated only about 2,000 Americans since the 15th and Russia has since offered to evacuate Afghans.

The AP also reported that the Taliban have erected “checkpoints and curfews” that have limited the number of Americans and Afghans able to enter the airport.

The State Department has asked Americans to travel to the airport to be extracted, however, the U.S. military stated that they cannot guarantee Americans will be safe doing so. On Wednesday, August 17th, the U.S. embassy in Kabul announced a “first come, first serve basis” for flights out of the country. The statement said:

“Please be advised that a significant number of individuals have registered and space on these flights is available on a first come, first serve basis. You may be required to wait at the airport for a significant amount of time until space is available.”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that nearly 4,500 American troops are protecting the airport while the State Department evacuates those trapped amid the chaos and increased brutalization by the Taliban within the country.

On Thursday, August 19th, the New York Times reported that Taliban terrorists are “intensifying” their searches for individuals “they believe worked with U.S. and NATO forces,” including among the crowds of Afghans at Kabul’s airport.

The Taliban has said it will “kill or arrest their family members if they cannot find them.” A Washington Post columnist tweeted that Biden left so much military equipment behind in the country that he practically gave the Taliban an air force. 

Reportedly, from 2003-2019, the American taxpayer sent the following to Afghanistan:

75,898 vehicles;
599,690 weapons;
162,643 pieces of communications equipment;
208 aircrafts;
6,191 pieces of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment;
7,035 machine guns;
4,702 Humvees;
20,040 hand grenades;
2,520 bombs; and
1,394 grenade launchers

The Hill reported that as of June 30, 2021, Afghanistan had “211 U.S.-supplied aircrafts in their inventory.” Among those aircrafts seized by the Taliban are Black Hawk helicopters and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft.

Over the last two decades, the United States has spent an estimated $83 billion training and equipping Afghan security forces. It is unclear exactly how many weapons have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, but the Biden administration has acknowledged it’s a “fair amount.”

On Wednesday, August 18th, more than two dozen Republican senators demanded a “full accounting” of U.S. military equipment given to Afghan forces over the past 12 months, what’s been seized by the Taliban and what plans there are to either recapture or destroy the equipment.

The 25 senators, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin:

“As we watched the images coming out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retook the country, we were horrified to see U.S. equipment, including UH-60 Black Hawks, in the hands of the Taliban.”

They added:

“It is unconscionable that high-tech military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers has fallen into the hands of the Taliban and their terrorist allies. Securing U.S. assets should have been among the top priorities for the U.S. Department of Defense prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

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CNN reporter says Taliban is “chanting ‘Death to America'” but says “they seem friendly at the same time”

August 17th, 2021

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – In what can only be described as a bizarre scene Monday, CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward translated an interview with a Taliban fighter in Kabul, who she described as “friendly,” while other fighter chanted “death to America” nearby.

The interview was conducted following the fall of Kabul to the Taliban as American troops leave the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly fled the country upon the arrival of Taliban forces.

Ward interviewed a Taliban fighter outside the abandoned U.S. Embassy. Ward said that the Taliban were clearly in charge of Afghanistan:

“As soon as we leave our compound, it’s clear who is now in charge. Taliban fighters have flooded the capital. Smiling and victorious, they took this city of 6 million people in a matter of hours — barely firing a shot.

“This is a sight I honestly thought I would never see: scores of Taliban fighters, and just behind us, the U.S. embassy compound. Some carry American weapons. They tell us they’re here to maintain law and order.”

Ward described the streets of the city as mainly filled with the Taliban, and that there were “far fewer women” than normal. Ward said that she was even treated differently by the Taliban because of her gender:

“They’ve just told me to stand to the side because I’m a woman.”

Many Afghans are trying to flee the city as the Taliban take control, but Ward said the group has a “bizarre sort of mystique” which leads some to view them as heroes:

“It’s a very odd cocktail that you find on the streets of Kabul with so many people hiding, and other people peeking out to see what comes next, and nobody really knowing what on Earth to expect.”

For those caught in the Taliban resurgence, which took hold of the country much faster than the Biden administration expected, Ward said the Afghans seemed trapped with no escape plan:

“There’s definitely no plan in place to try to evacuate these people safely.”

President Biden and other U.S. officials were caught off guard by the rapid Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, which threw the planned withdrawal of American forces from the country into chaos. The withdrawal quickly deteriorated into a mission to safely evacuate American personnel from the country.

By Sunday night, senior officials were forced to admit they were surprised by the advance of the Taliban and the collapse of Afghan security forces. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told news reporters:

“We’ve seen that that (security) force has been unable to defend the country, and that has happened more quickly than we anticipated.”

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday that Afghanistan fell faster than the administration expected, and blamed the government’s fall on the Afghans themselves:

“At the end of the day, despite the fact that we spent 20 years and tens of billions of dollars to give the best equipment, the best training and the best capacity to the Afghan security forces, we could not give them the will and they ultimately decided that they would not fight for Kabul, and they would not fight for the country.”

President Biden, facing increasing criticism from both sides of the aisle, interrupted his Camp David vacation to address the country on the events in Afghanistan on Monday afternoon. During the speech, after saying he accepted responsibility for the chaos, the President passed the blame to the Afghans.

“I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces. I am president of the United States of America. The buck stops with me. The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we anticipated.

“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves. We gave them every chance to determine their own future. We could not provide them with the will to fight for that future.”

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Inflation, Afghanistan and the border: August a month of crises as Biden stares down pivotal moment in his presidency

August 16, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – In a week that should have been a celebration for Democrats after passing their massive infrastructure bill, President Joe Biden finds himself at the polar political opposite, being attacked for his failures even by his own mainstream media.

Politico Playbook writer Eugene Daniels described the situation:

“This week was supposed to be a victory lap of sorts for President Joe Biden. After months of negotiations, naysaying from pundits and a major expense of his political capital, he’d actually managed to engineer a bipartisan infrastructure deal that passed a fractious Senate with 69 votes.

“We finally got infrastructure week. Yet, at the end of it, infrastructure is not the biggest story — and the ones that obscured it spell real trouble for the White House.”

The President appears to be struggling with issues from the southern border crisis to inflation, but the hardest hit came with the chaos and turmoil that has erupted in Afghanistan. Some media have begun to compare the fall of Kabul with the botched 1975 “fall of Saigon” in Vietnam.

As the United States withdraws personnel from its embassy in Kabul amid the Taliban’s rapid advance on the Afghan capital, Secretary of State Antony Blinken had to issue a rejection of the comparison of the U.S. exit to Vietnam:

“Remember, this is not Saigon. We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission, and that mission was to deal with the folks who attacked us on 9/11 – and we have succeeded in that mission.”

Playbook listed headlines from mainstream media, normally a safe haven for the Democratic President. The headlines show that Biden is even losing support from his closest supporters.

Headlines the article noted included:

  • The Taliban seized two more provinces on Saturday and approached the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital while also launching a multi-pronged assault on a major northern city defended by former warlords,” the AP reports from Kabul.
  • “Biden has wanted the U.S. to pull the plug on Afghanistan for years. Doing it has consequences,” by WaPo’s Anne Gearan and Karen DeYoung.
  • “Afghan women fear return to ‘dark days’ amid Taliban sweep,” AP … “U.S. Embassy in Kabul Told to Destroy Files in Case Taliban Wins,” Bloomberg.
  • “In desperation, U.S. scours for countries willing to house Afghan refugees,” Reuters.

Politico Playbook reminded readers that President Biden previously denied the Taliban could overrun the country when America withdrew troops. On July 8, the President said:

“The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

The AP reported that the Taliban did just that:

“The Taliban seized two more provinces on Saturday and approached the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital while also launching a multi-pronged assault on a major northern city defended by former warlords.”

The President came under fire from the media again when both he and his press secretary went on vacation as Afghanistan fell. While the President vacationed at Camp David, Press Secretary Jen Psaki apparently went on vacation as well.

Fox News tried to contact Psaki to ask about the President’s failure to comment on the events in Afghanistan when they received an auto-reply email stating:

“I will be out of the office from August 15th-August 22nd.”

Mainstream media began reporting on the absence of the President during the crisis with headlines like:

  • “Silence from Biden as Taliban takes control of Afghanistan,” CBS News.
  • “Liz Cheney slams Biden for remaining silent on Afghanistan,” MSN
  • “In Washington, Recriminations Over Afghanistan Emerge Quickly,” NY 

The President, facing mounting criticism from within his own party, interrupted his vacation on Monday to give a national address on the events in Afghanistan.  

President Biden admitted that the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban happened “more quickly than we anticipated,” but added that “I stand squarely behind my decision” to order the vast majority of US forces out of the country.

The President made a weak attempt to deflect blame for the botched exit from Afghanistan to his predecessor Donald Trump:

“When I came into office, I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban,” Biden said. “Under his agreement, US forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, … US forces had already drawn down during the Trump administration from roughly 15,500 American forces to 2,500 troops in the country, and the Taliban was at its strongest militarily since 2001.

“The choice I had to make as your president was either to follow through on that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban in the middle of the spring fighting season. There would have been no cease-fire after May 1. There was no agreement protecting our forces after May 1. There was no status quo of stability without American casualties after May 1. There was only (the) cold reality of either following through on the agreement to withdraw our forces or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat in Afghanistan, lurching into the third decade of conflict.”

President Biden then pointed further blame at the Afghan military and political leaders while standing by his decision to rapidly withdraw American forces from the war-torn country:

“The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight,” the president went on. “If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending US military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.

“American troops cannot, and should not, be fighting in a war — and dying in a war — that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”

Sen. Joni Ernst(R-IO) said President Biden is to blame for the chaos:

“This rapid and haphazard withdrawal of American troops — before we knew that our embassy would be safe, before we had our Afghan interpreters and other friends out of Afghanistan — to allow it to fall like this without any sort of plan or recourse, it is shameful.”

In addition to the chaos in Afghanistan, a weary public is growing concerned about the state of the country under President Biden’s watch.  Civil rights attorney Leo Terrell explained the concerns while hosting “Hannity” on Fox News Friday night:

“His dereliction of duty is as undeniable as ever: From the disaster at the southern border to rising inflation to rising gas prices and rising crime all across the country, Joe Biden is failing on every front.

“And overseas, the Biden Doctrine appears to be more interested in appeasing our enemy than it is for standing up for the American people. Frankly, it is an absolute disgrace.”

Adding to the President’s problems is the rising cost of goods in the country and signs of inflation rattled by the $3.5 trillion dollar price tag for his infrastructure bill. The Hill reported:

“The new inflation: Don’t expect food or gas prices to fall any time soon. The Biden administration’s policies will worsen the outlook for inflation. Increased regulations have created an energy price shock and introduced other supply shocks that will slow productivity and output growth and boost inflation.”

The growing border crisis has even led to some of the mainstream media jumping the Biden ship. CNN, one of President Biden’s most reliable supporters, published a rare negative article titled, “US saw a two-decade high in border crossings in July.”

A sign of the times President Biden is facing can be found in another article headline issued by CNN:

“August turns into a month of crises as Biden stares down a pivotal moment in his presidency.”

  

 

 

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