Oliver North says Taliban has names, addresses, and phone numbers of those who worked with U.S. in Afghanistan

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During a recent appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”, retired Lt. Col. Oliver North proclaimed that the Taliban has managed to gain access to identifying information of those who helped the U.S. while America was present in Afghanistan.

During North’s appearance on the show, he dove into the sorts of information that has fallen into the hands of the Taliban:

“They’ve got lists. They’ve got the names and phone numbers of every one of the folks who worked with our country for the last 20 years. They’ve got the banks records; they’ve got it all – thanks to the embassy. That’s the number one issue.”

The reference to “the embassy” that North made was of course referring to the U.S. Embassy located in Kabul that was hurriedly evacuated earlier in August.

NPR previously reported on August 13th that embassy staff in Kabul were instructed to destroy any and all “sensitive material” – everything from computers to physical documents.

However, from what North says, the Taliban were able to retrieve copious amounts of information from the abandoned embassy:

“It’s been reported that the Taliban has captured the payroll data in the American embassy and the Kabul banks, showing the names, addresses, and phone numbers for locals now being hunted down.”

“Sean, I’ve been in touch over the course of the last several days with folks who are now – got at least 1,000 Afghan nationals who worked very closely with us. Some of them were my interpreters when I was on the air with you from Afghanistan.”

“We’re trying to get them out before they’re hunted down. And now, the enemy has got the addresses and phone numbers – and they’re calling them up, trying to entice them to come on over. They come over, they’re dead.”

During the interview, North also aired out concerns on whether there’s truth to rumors about Russian, Chinese, and Pakistani intelligence officials working with the Taliban regarding weapons that they acquired from various military bases in Afghanistan:

“Is it true that the Taliban are using captured U.S. drones, like the Switchblade and others seized at the Bagram airbase and other U.S. bases, that are now being reverse engineered by Russian, Chinese, and Pakistani intelligence officers? Because that’s a major hazard going forward.”

North then questioned “if anyone in the U.S. government” is listening to the cries for help coming from resistance groups opposed to the Taliban in Afghanistan:

“The armed resistance units forming in the Pandur Valley are appealing for help. I’m wondering, is anyone in the U.S. government answering the phone. If not, why not? Call me, I’ve got their numbers. They’ve called me.”

Based upon the ongoings in Afghanistan, North says that President Joe Biden should “step down” if he doesn’t know how to address the matter, but also noted that who would be taking his place if he does is equally concerning:

“Here’s the bottom line, nobody seems to remember the lessons learned from the capture of our embassy in Saigon in April of ’75 or Tehran in ’79.

If Biden can’t figure out how to deal with these problems, he ought to step down. The scary part of that Sean is in every case of a president not finishing his term, you know who becomes the president. That’s a scary prospect, too.”

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Report: Biden said “F- that, we don’t have to worry about that” when asked about duty to protect Afghan girls in 2010

(Originally published August 19th, 2021)

According to reports, a 2010 exchange between then-Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, revealed that Biden said, “Fuck that” when questioned about America’s obligations to help protect girls in Afghanistan.

Back in March, Atlantic reporter George Packer shared a report where he cited the journal of Richard Holbrooke, where Holbrooke had asked then-Vice President Biden weather America had any obligations to help young girls who could fall victim to subjugation in the event that Afghanistan reverted to the days of Taliban control.

Biden’s response at the time was quite crude and seemingly devoid of emotion, cavalierly saying, “Fuck that” and justifying the take by referencing the United States’ withdrawal from Southeast Asia in 1973:

“Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”

While those comments were made in 2010, it’s apparent that now-President Biden’s attitude hasn’t shifted from that crude statement years ago.

When defending the harsh criticism he’s received over the past few days following the overthrow of the Afghanistan government and restored power to the Taliban, President Biden made a similar reference to Vietnam as he did in 2010 about the rationale to exit the country:

“Our leaders did that in Vietnam when I got here as (a) young man. I will not do it in Afghanistan. I know my decision will be criticized but I would rather take all that criticism than pass this decision on to another president.”

CNN reported on August 19th that President Biden’s approach to Afghanistan is resulting in him “struggling against an intensifying examination of his judgment, competence and even his empathy over the chaotic US exit from Afghanistan.”

CNN contributor Stephen Collinson added that the president is “failing” to defend how he so badly botched the exit from Afghanistan, adding that the sheen of ‘at least he’s not Trump’ has completely worn off at this point:

“Biden is failing to adequately explain why he so badly failed to predict the swift collapse of the Afghan state. And his credibility has been sullied because his confident downplaying of the risks of the withdrawal has been repeatedly confounded by events. Seven months into his term, Biden no longer gets credit simply for not being Donald Trump.”

In an interview between ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and President Biden on August 18th, Stephanopoulos reminded the president of his confidence back in July when he claimed that a Taliban takeover following the U.S.’s exit was “unlikely”:

“Let’s get right to it. Back in July, you said a Taliban takeover was highly unlikely. Was the intelligence wrong, or did you downplay it?”

President Biden’s response was kind of all over the place, saying:

“I think — there was no consensus. If you go back and look at the intelligence reports, they said that it’s more likely to be sometime by the end of the year. The idea that the tal — and then it goes further on, even as late as August. I think you’re gonna see — the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and others speaking about this later today.”

Stephanopoulos again reminded President Biden of his exact words just last month:

“But you didn’t put a timeline on it when you said it was highly unlikely. You just said flat out, ‘It’s highly unlikely the Taliban would take over.’”

Overall, the situation in Afghanistan is not putting any sort of positive light on Biden’s presidency, as even media outlets known for being favorable to his administration are now producing reports that frame his handling of Afghanistan as generally unfavorable.

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“Whatever happened to ‘America is back’?” Allies fuming at Biden’s abandonment of Afghanistan

(Originally published August 17th, 2021)

According to a recent Breitbart report, United States allies are frustrated with President Joe Biden’s proclaimed failures regarding Afghanistan from the Taliban, which has elicited the criticism of Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the Defense Committee in the British Parliament.

In a report from the Washington Post, Ellwood took aim at President Biden’s foreign policy promise to rebuild alliances and elevate the United States back to a level of esteem that was perceivably damaged under the Trump administration:

“Whatever happened to ‘America is back’? People are bewildered that after two decades of this big, high-tech power intervening, they are withdrawing and effectively handing the country back to the people we went in to defeat.”

“This is the irony. How can you say America is back when we’re being defeated by an insurgency armed with no more than [rocket-propelled grenades], land mines and AK-47s?”

To understand Ellwood’s reference, on February 4th, shortly after taking office, President Biden proclaimed during a speech at the State Department that “America is back” clamoring about how diplomacy was going to be the center of his administration’s approach on foreign policy:

“And they know when you speak, you speak for me.  And so — so is the message I want the world to hear today: America is back.  America is back.  Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.”

Riad Kahwaji, who heads the Inegma security consultancy in the United Arab Emirates, is also among those that are highly critical of President Biden’s recent actions that have adversely affected the country of Afghanistan:

“What’s happening in Afghanistan is raising alarm bells everywhere. The U.S.’s credibility as an ally has been in question for a while. We see Russia fighting all the way to protect the Assad regime [in Syria], and now the Americans are pulling out and leaving a big chaos in Afghanistan.”

In a recent report coming from the Times of Israel, it was noted that there have been some alleged connections between the efforts of the Taliban and also that of Hamas, which the latter terror group’s efforts could be emboldened by the Taliban’s current exploits:

“In Israel and elsewhere in the region, some have pointed to links between the Sunni Taliban and the Palestinian Hamas terror group, sharing pictures that appeared to show Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh meeting with Taliban leadership in Doha sometime this year.”

Apparently, President Biden’s approach to “diplomacy” with respect to “foreign policy” is simply allowing the Taliban to take over Afghanistan so that they may subjugate the country to the decree of what the Taliban permits.

The Taliban has already gone to work in Kabul, painting over advertisements in the city that depict women that are wearing various dresses. Reports note that a spokesperson for the Taliban has claimed that they “will respect rights of women” but that they will also force women to wear a hijab in public.

Former President Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence also issued statements recently that were highly critical of the Biden administration regarding Afghanistan being taken over by the Taliban.

Former Vice President Pence took to Twitter to make the following statement:

“The Biden Administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan dishonors the memory of those heroic Americans who gave the last full measure of devotion and all who bravely served there defending freedom these past 20 years. God Bless Our Troops & Our Allies in this Dark Hour.”

Former President Trump called the departure from Afghanistan under the Biden administration one of the greatest defeats in the country’s history:

“What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary. It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history!”

Former President Trump also added in a follow-up statement that he believes President Biden should ‘resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan”:

“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy.”

It should be noted that former President Trump aspired to withdraw from Afghanistan as well, which has drawn some criticism over his admonishing of President Biden withdrawing from the country. 

However, since President Trump is not in office, it’s difficult to speculate how he would’ve specifically withdrawn from the country – but former President Trump did set the stage while in office that plans to exit Afghanistan would be employed had he been reelected. 

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